Focus FIAC / Biennale de Rennes


20 - 25 OCTOBER 2014

Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris
Within the framework of the FOCUS for visual arts, 11 international curators have been chosen among the promising personalities from the key influencer and emergent countries. They have been invited to discover the French artistic scene through visits of the diverse spaces dedicated to contemporary art (museums, art centres, foundations, galleries) and meetings with artists and curators.



• the FIAC (International Art Fair of Contemporary Art)
• the Rennes Biennale – Les Ateliers de Rennes
• the opening of the Louis Vuitton foundation

15 contemporary art locations visited

45 French professionals/artists met

11 curators invited :

• Kathleen Rahn, Director, Kunstverein Hanover, GERMANY
• Leonel Kaz, independent Curator, Rio de Janeiro, BRASIL
• Rachel Cook, Curator, DiverseWorks, Houston, UNITED STATES
• Megha Ralapati, Director of residencies and special projects, 
Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, UNITED STATES
• Naomi Beckwith, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, UNITED STATES
• Sumesh Sharma, Fondateur - Curator, Clark House Initiative, Mumbai, INDIA
• Yuko Shiomi, Directrice AIT, Tokyo, JAPAN
• Hikari Odaka, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, JAPAN
• Vibece Salthe, Curator, Stavanger Art Museum, NORWAY
• Emily Butler, Curator, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UNITED KINGDOM
• Sheng-Hung Wang, independent curator, art critic, Taipei, TAIWAN


Monday, October 20
Arrival of the participants
Tuesday, October 21
Visit arts centers from TRAM’s network:
FRAC Ile-de-France / Le Plateau, Aurélien Froment
MAC/VAL, Museum of Contemporary Art Val-de-Marne, Tania Mouraud - Ad Nauseum
Betonsalon, Camille Henrot - The Pale Fox
Opening : (OFF)ICIELLE, The official off Fair of the FIAC, Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design
Wednesday, October 22
Roundtable / encounters with French professionals AND YCI (Young Curators Invitational) at Grand Palais :
Part 1: François Quintin, Director, Lafayette foundation; Sandra Patron, Director, Musée régional d'art contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon; Anne Dressen, Curator, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Chantal Pontbriand, contemporary art curator and critic. Founder of PARACHUTE contemporary art magazine.
Part 2: Conversation between Céleste Boursier-Mougenot (artist representing France at the 56th Venice Biennale) Emma Lavigne, Curator of the French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Director of the Pompidou Centre Metz, and François Quintin.
FIAC International Art Fair for Contemporary Art – Grand Palais
Opening Louis Vuitton Foundation
Thursday, October 23
Meurice Prize
Ricard Foundation, 16th Prize Fondation d'entreprise Ricard
Centre Pompidou, Latifa Echakch, 2013 Duchamp Prize Winner
Monnaie De Paris
Palais De Tokyo, Inside
Friday, October 24
One day tour in Rennes :
Les ateliers de Rennes – Contemporary Art Biennale (Curator : Zoë Gray)
Musée des Beaux-Arts
FRAC Bretagne
Halle Courrouze
Saturday, October 25
Departure of the participants


Adeline Blanchard, Project Manager for Visual Arts, Institut français