Art Paris Art Fair, the place to be each spring for modern and contemporary art, is celebrating its 20th anniversary!

Celebrating its 20th year this year, Art Paris Art Fair will showcase 142 galleries from 22 countries (44% international, 56% French and 48% newcomers) at Grand Palais between 5-8 April. From its beginnings in 1999 at the Carrousel du Louvre (coinciding with the FIAC) to its permanent home in 2006 at the Grand Palais, Art Paris Art Fair established itself as the major springtime event for modern and contemporary art. It has an identity all of its own; and explore art scenes that are rarely or never shown in Paris with perspectives from South America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, alongside supporting French and European art from the post-war period to the present day.

This year, the fair will focus on the contributions of Switzerland to a global discourse on art, with the country chooses as ‘Guest of Honour.’ The section curated by Karine Tissot, draws on the history of the establishment of a Swiss art scene, which unlike its neighbours France and Germany with booming urban centres, the country has developed its own identity and independence over the last thirty years with a strong collector base and Art Basel which is still the world’s most-visited art fair today. This spotlight will promote the wealth and diversity of the Swiss art scene with a selection of around one hundred artists represented by either Swiss or European galleries.

The fair will also include a programme of videos projected onto the façade of Grand Palais of a highly innovative generation of Swiss artists including Camille Scherrer, Alan Bogana, and Yves Netzhammer (who represented Switzerland at the 2007 Venice Biennale).

Another curated section titled, A Look at the French Scene by curator and art critic François Piron will present a choice of 20 artists who all represent the 20 years of the fair. This will include works by artists Leonardo Cremonini, Hessie, Vera Molnar, Tania Mourad, Frédéric Pardo and Yves Trémorin. Finally, the presentation of Helvetia Art Collection’s latest acquisitions focusing on emerging talents will demonstrate the organisation’s continued expansion of its collection of contemporary Swiss art, with more than 1,700 works by 400 artists.

With Art Fairs, Paris continues to assert its place as a leading global capital of art and culture, with its many fairs and ever burgeoning museum and galleries scene.

Featured image: Sigrid Glöerfelt, L’Envol, 2009, Galerie Tanit.