The 1999 edition of the Paris International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) opened on September 14th 1999 in a new exhibition hall much more suited to this major event.
The FIAC has moved to the impressive exhibition hall of the Pte de Versailles and has taken the opportunity to inaugurate a cyberspace, to organise debates and to enlarge its exhibition surface where galleries selling photographies, prints or monumental sculpture works have been welcomed.
Latin America has been given a major role during the FIAC which coincides with other major events in Paris such as Art Paris, another Contemporary art fair organised at the Carrousel of the Louvre museum where new talents may be discovered.
Due to last until September 20th, the FIAC is first inviting visitors to discover the submarine of Belgian artist Panamarenko loaned by the Cartier Foundation which has been supporting many new galleries now exhibiting works at the Porte de Versailles.
This event first took place in 1974 at the Bastille square and then two years later at the Grand Palais before moving to the Quai Branly compound in 1994.
First of all visitors will not meet any problem to park their cars while the site seems much more adapted that the circus tent of Quai Branly. Galleries are thus being offered ideal working conditions over 18 000 square metres.
The Louis Carré Gallery is showing a giant metal fountain by Pol Bury whose sculpture works form the bulk of what gallery owner Patrick bongers has decided to present. «Such installation, with 3000 litres of water, would not have been possible Quai Branly and it is a pleasure to show such a work to the public,» Bongers stressed.
Much accent has been put on new technologies at the FIAC where young Internet designers will have the opportunity to show their creations. Visitors will also be able to surf on many Contemporary art web sites, to discover CD-Roms works dedicated to several artists and schools and to take part in a series of public debates. A live show of the FIAC will be carried out permanently through Canal-web.net ran by art critic Philippe Piguet and Véronique Hillereau, a journalist.