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Press release, 10 February 2022

FAP et La Biennale

Fine Arts Paris and La Biennale join forces
to create the international event Paris needs!

The markets for Antiques and Modern art were both already shining in Paris under the banners of two distinct fairs: La Biennale and Fine Arts Paris. By merging the energy and experience of the two highly complementary fairs, the resulting alliance creates the springboard for an extremely attractive international event covering arts and antiques from the distant past to the present day.

The merger of the two fairs was the initiative of the RMN-Grand Palais, a major French cultural operator that plans to intensify its promotion of Parisian events. This alliance also responds to the expectations of art enthusiasts, exhibitors and journalists who wants to meet at a single, quality event in Paris. Fine Arts Paris & La Biennale will hold its first edition at the Carrousel du Louvre from 8 to 13 November 2022 and will move to the Grand Palais Ephémère in November 2023 before returning to the renovated Grand Palais in November 2024. Its recurrence in the month of November will allow the event to settle in the international calendar of fairs and exhibitions.


Towards a perfect moment…

Indeed, the new fair will no doubt come into its own when it returns to the renovated Grand Palais. With Art Basel setting up in Paris and foreign galleries opening branches in the city one after the other, Paris is recovering its global cultural attractiveness and 2024 looks set to being a particularly exciting year for the French capital, boosted by the Olympic Games and an intense schedule of Fashion shows.

In this exciting context, Fine Arts Paris & La Biennale will promote the French capital and French culture on the international art market with the combined strength of two major entities.

La Biennale 2021

The aisles of La Biennale at the Grand Palais Ephémère in 2021


The power of two major entities

The Agence d’Événements Culturels, which currently manages the Salon du Dessin and Fine Arts Paris, created in 1991 and 2017 respectively, will be responsible for organizing the new fair. The SNA (Syndicat National des Antiquaires), organizer of La Biennale at the Grand Palais since 1962, will bring its expertise in various fields hitherto little developed at Fine Arts Paris, such as jewelery, furniture, primitive arts and archeology, and will organize a large gala dinner like those it hosted in the past. An honorary committee including guest personalities will work on cultural programming and public relations.

Fine Arts Paris 2021

Fine Arts Paris at the Carrousel du Louvre in 2019


Fine Arts Paris & La Biennale will bring together leading international galleries while remaining an incubator for talented young dealers. Fine Arts Paris & La Biennale will continue to develop partnerships and initiatives with museums and institutions.

According to Anisabelle Berès-Montanari, President of the SNA, “The SNA welcomes this alliance, which will enable the new event to refocus on defending the profession and serving its members. The two fairs together will generate synergies and will be supported by a team of professionals to manage an independent and ambitious show.”

In the words of Louis de Bayser, President of Fine Arts Paris & La Biennale, “Fine Arts Paris & La Biennale has the ambition to become a global flagship in classical and modern arts; the international event that Paris deserves”.

A press conference will be organized in a few weeks to present the new event.

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