Paris+ par Art Basel 2023

 See who has turned up at this year’s Paris+ par Art Basel

In its second iteration, Paris+par Art Basel is set to unite 154 prominent galleries hailing from 33 different countries and territories, including 60 galleries with a physical presence in France. Taking place at the Grand Palais Éphémère from October 20 to October 22, 2023, the event will feature captivating solo, duo, and group exhibitions showcasing artworks by both French and international artists. These will include everyone from 20th-century artists to new talents.

Similar to the previous edition, Paris+ par Art Basel will transform the heart of the French capital into an outdoor setting for its public program. This program is free and accessible to everyone and involves artistic activities at several iconic locations throughout the city.

“The 2023 show will confirm the defining features of Paris+ par Art Basel: a wealth of exceptional works by Modern and contemporary artists, a high density of precisely conceived presentations, a commitment to the French gallery community, and a lively Galeries Émergentes sector in tune with contemporary discourse, supported generously by the Galeries Lafayette group.”

– Clément Delépine, Director of Paris+ par Art Basel

There will be 140 galleries that will occupy the main galleries section. Watch out for stars like Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth, Pace Gallery, and David Zwirner, as well as blue-chip enterprises like Blum & Poe, Sadie Coles HQ, Paula Cooper, Massimo De Carlo, Gladstone Gallery, Marian Goodman Gallery, Taka Ishii Gallery, David Kordansky Gallery, Galerie Lelong & Co., LGDR, Lisson Gallery, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Thaddaeus Ropac, and White Cube.

The event will also showcase MARFA, a Lebanese gallery.

For Art Basel 2023, Marfa’ is delighted to present a solo exhibition by Raed Yassin, titled ‘Death Investment’

Throughout history, the human skull has symbolized death and served as a reminder of our fragile mortality in various cultural contexts. From Dutch Vanitas paintings to the Mexican Day of the Dead, from the collectors of Shakespearean times to its presence in contemporary pop culture, these ‘memento mori’ objects underscore the impermanence of worldly pleasures and the suddenness of death, leaving behind only skeletal remains and memories of what once was. In this project, the artist reimagines animals like monkeys, cats, beavers, and foxes as ‘memento mori’ figures adorned with gold and silver teeth, embodying the personas of diverse worldly characters: a wandering gypsy, a young bride, a rapper, and a sailor. In this context, animals become profound truth-tellers in our societies, with their wisdom-filled minds and skulls deserving of reverence, representing the authentic ‘Vox Humana.’

Collaborating with his childhood dentist, Yassin meticulously restores the teeth of these animal skulls just as one would treat living human teeth. This notion of repairing death carries a touch of dark humor, a response to the ever-present specter of mortality, as individuals seek creative and innovative ways to confront this inevitability.

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Paris+par Art Basel will also introduce 16 galleries participating for the first time, including Bortolami, Kurimanzutto, Jan Mot, and P.P.O.W. Three of them will make their Art Basel debut and will be featured in the Galeries Émergentes section. These include:

١. Fanta-MLN

Fanta-MLN will showcase an exhibit featuring the works of American conceptual artist Noah Barker at Paris+ par Art Basel, which delves into the theme of surveillance. For more information, visit here.

٢. Felix Gaudlitz

An installation by American filmmaker Jenna Bliss will be on display, presenting a satirical video. This particular film represents the second part of the artist’s ongoing series that delves into the recent history of Wall Street. It unfolds against the backdrop of the 2007 edition of the world’s most renowned and prestigious art fair, capturing the journey of an ensemble cast within the fair’s confines and incorporating elements of a scripted ‘reality’ show. Learn more here.  

٣. Gianni Manhattan

At Paris+ par Art Basel, Vienna’s Gianni Manhattan will showcase the artistic explorations of French artist Aurélien Potier, which revolve around themes of queer desire. According to Laura Windhager, the gallery’s founder, Potier sources some of his materials from the cliffs of Montrose, a well-known gay cruising location in his hometown of Marseille.

She elaborates in an interview with Ocula, a Paris-based magazine, that this coastal area “offers a unique juxtaposition to our conventional understanding of a beach, featuring a harsh, arid, calcified, and rugged landscape, bathed in intense sunlight, and steeped in an atmosphere of overflowing desire and thirst.”

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