For nearly a decade, curator and art advisor Laurence Dreyfus has assembled an envious roster artists for her exhibition concept, Chambres à part, presented as an offshoot of Parisian contemporary art fair FIAC. With an alumnus that includes Vik Muniz and Jon Rafman, it comes as little surprise that Dreyfus has gone bigger and bolder for the show’s tenth anniversary edition, hosting works by the likes of Olafur Eliasson, Ai Weiwei and Roni Horn across two venues.
Dreyfus began her foray into the art world in 1996/1997 quite unusually: transforming her car into a travelling gallery. She soon invited the likes of Lee Bul, Patrick Jouin and Gilbert & George to join her nomadic venture, but it was an exhibition by Korean artist Koo Jeong-A – hosted in the garage of noted art collector Jean Chatelus – that propelled Dreyfus to the art world’s upper echelons.
Taking over La Réserve Place du Trocadéro, Dreyfus’ headline exhibition at FIAC features iconic works from previous editions of Chambres à part loaned by collectors, alongside new works plucked from her travels. Daily reading performances in dialogue with the exhibited artworks add a framework to the impressive collection.
Meanwhile, at a separate space near the Champs-Élysées, sees a quartet of sculptures installed in the patio of La Réserve Gabriel hotel, while a selection of works by contemporary artists unfurl in the hall and main room.
It’s a promising sign of things to come for future editions of FIAC and could see it step out of the shadows of London’s Frieze Art Fair, which directly precedes it. FIAC might soon prompt similar fanfare, and with initiatives like Dreyfus’ it will be deservedly so.