Seventeen art world professionals from 17 European countries have been chosen by the Institut français to participate in a Focus tour. A unique opportunity for artists and professionals from the French and International Visual Arts sector to meet, this Focus aims to increase the visibility of the French art scene and facilitate the creation of professional networks and collaborations between art professionals in France and abroad.
For this Focus, a partnership has been established with Trampoline, an association that supports the French art scene, in order to develop exchanges with private foundations in particular. The Trampoline association brings together independent cultural organisations that combine their efforts to promote the international influence of French artists.
Over five days, the Focus will be held around several highlights, notably the modern and contemporary art fair Paris+ by Art Basel, the Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art and other exhibitions and artistic events in the field of contemporary art in Greater Paris during this period. The programme also includes visits to key art venues in Parisand Lyon - foundations, museums, art centres, galleries, artists' studios - as well as meetings with professionals and artists from the French scene.
The Focus programme will thus offer participants:
- More than 184 artists from the French art scene
- 167 professionals from the French art scene
- 172 French institutions, galleries and art venues.
Kate Gould, CEO/Artistic Director, Powerhouse Brisbane, Australia
Michel Dewilde, Curator, Triennale of Bruges (2024), Belgium
Amanda Bonan, Curator at Museu de Arte do Rio – MAR, Brasil
Christelle Havranek, Chief Curator, Kuntshalle Praha, Czech Republic
Kathleen Rahn, Director, Marta Herford Museum, Germany
Anna Goetz, Curator, Marta Herford Museum, Germany
Borbala Kalman, Curator, Ludwig Museum of contemporary art, Budapest, Hungary
Isabella Vitale, Director, Pianobi artspace, Roma, Italy
aVardit Gross, Director of Artport Art Center and Residency Program, Tel Aviv, Israel
Eriko Kimura, Chief Curator, Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan
Caroline Ugelstad, chief curator, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway
Rita Lougares, Artistic Director, Foundation of Modern and Contemporary Art – Museum Collection Berardo, Portugal
Ms. Sze Ying GOH, Curator, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore
Ms. Jiho LEE, Director, Jeonnam Museum of Art, Gwangyang, South Korea
Soledad Liaño Gibert, General Coordinator, Palacio de Cristal, Museum Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
Ines Goldbach, Director, Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz/Basel, Switzerland
Manuporn Luengarram, Curator, Thailand Biennale 2023, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Daria Khan, Founding and Artistic Director, Mimosa House, London, United Kingdom
The day in Lyon will offer guests the opportunity to discover the 16th edition of the Contemporary Art Biennaleentitled "manifesto of fragility", displaying the work of more than 80 artists from 39 different countries in major and historical arts venues in Lyon such as the Musée Guimet, the Usines Fagor and the MAC Lyon.
Paris+ by Art Basel
The guests will take part in the opening of the first edition of Paris+ by Art Basel, which will bring together 156 galleries from 30 countries at the Grand Palais Éphémère. Thanks to a collaboration with Parisian cultural institutions, the Sites programme will allow visitors to admire installations and sculptures in the heart of Paris, from the Jardin des Tuileries to the Musée Eugène Delacroix, via the Place Vendôme.
Focus guests will also have the opportunity during Paris+ to participate in two events (screening and discussion-meetings) included in the VIP programme around Zineb Sedira - the artist representing France at the 59th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia - and co-organised by the Institut français and the city of Paris, at the Luxor and at the MAM - Museum of Modern Art.
Exhibitions of French artists in contemporary art venues in Greater Paris
The programme includes exhibitions of artists from the French scene in contemporary art venues in the Greater Paris area, particularly from the TRAM network. The contemporary art prizes will receive special attention, from the exhibition of the Marcel Duchamp Prize at the Centre Pompidou, to that of the Pernod-Ricard Foundation Prize or the Emerige Revelations Prize. The Salon de Montrouge for young artists will allow visitors to discover the dynamism of emerging scenes. Other foundations such as the Bourse de commerce - François Pinault or the Anticipations Lafayette foundation will also feature in the programme.
Visual Arts Focus
FOCUS is a major attraction programme developed by the Institut français since 2010 and covering all creative sectors. It is a scouting programme aimed at foreign professionals who are influencers in order to raise awareness of the vitality of the artistic scene in France and contribute to its greater international reach.
Since 2010, Focus events have successfully generated:
- The distribution of more than 150 French artists
- More than 160 exhibition projects worldwide
- The invitation of more than 288 international curators in France
- Adeline Blanchard, Head of visual arts, Institut français
- Mathilde Nouaillier, Project Assistant (Intern), Institut français