Laurence Dreyfus lines up Olafur Eliasson, Ai Weiwei, Jon Rafman and more at FIAC

Curator Laurence Dreyfus lines up Olafur Eliasson, Ai Weiwei, Jon Rafman and more at FIAC for the tenth edition of 'Chambres à part'

Image of Futurismo Nero Maquina. A large smooth black marble sculpture.
'New Age Demanded (Futurismo Nero Maquina)', by Jon Rafman, 2014.
(Image credit: © Jon Rafman. Courtesy of Future Gallery)

For nearly a decade, curator and art advisor Laurence Dreyfus (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Image of 'Chambres à part' exhibition

Curator and art advisor Laurence Dreyfus celebrates the tenth edition of her 'Chambres à part' exhibition series with a showing of major artists across two venues in Paris

(Image credit: © Jon Rafman. Courtesy of Future Gallery)

Image of 'Fairytale Chairs

'Fairytale Chairs (02-058)', by Ai Weiwei, 2007. Courtesy of Ai Weiwei

(Image credit: Hannah Kreile)

Image of ’Untitled 8 (Rabbit Hole)’,

'Untitled 8 (Rabbit Hole)', by David Altmejd, 2013.

(Image credit: © David Altmejd. Courtesy of Galerie Andrea Rosen)

Image of A glimmering work

A glimmering work by Olafur Eliasson

(Image credit: Olafur Eliasson)

Image of 'Double sun multiverse

'Double sun multiverse', by Olafur Eliasson, 2013. 

(Image credit: © Olafur Eliasson)

Image of 'Coyanosa

'Coyanosa', by Jeff Elrod, 2014

(Image credit: Jeff Elrod)

Image of '299 P/C' by Tomas Saraceno

'299 P/C', by Tomas Saraceno, 2013.

(Image credit: © Tomas Saraceno. Courtesy of Galerie Esther Schipper, Berlin)

Image of ’Untitled’, by Sachin Kaeley

'Untitled', by Sachin Kaeley, 2014. 

(Image credit: © Sachin Kaeley)

Image of Lilyface White Carrara Marble

'New Age Demanded (Lilyface White Carrara Marble)', by Jon Rafman, 2014.

(Image credit: © Jon Rafman. Courtesy of Future Gallery)

Image of 'Presence I', by Shirazeh Houshiary

'Presence I', by Shirazeh Houshiary, 2012. 

(Image credit: © Shirazeh Houshiary. Courtesy of Lisson Gallery, London)

Images of 'CMYK', by Robin Rhode

'CMYK', by Robin Rhode, 2015. 

(Image credit: © Robin Rhode. Courtesy of Lehmann Maupin Gallery)

Image of Installation view of works

Installation view of works by José Maria Sicilia, Parker Ito, Marc Couturier, Thomas Fougeirol and Charlotte Cornaton

(Image credit: José Maria Sicilia, Parker Ito, Marc Couturier, Thomas Fougeirol and Charlotte Cornaton)

Image of black Sculpture

Sculpture, by Charlotte Cornaton

(Image credit: Charlotte Cornaton)

Image of ’Breast and hands

'Breast and hands', by Ryan Foerster, 2009-2013.

(Image credit: © Ryan Foerster)

INFORMATION

Guided tours by appointment only from 19 October until 25 October at La Réserve (appartement n°1), 10 place du Trocadéro, Paris 16 for ‘Chambres à part X’ and at La Réserve, 42 avenue Gabriel, Paris 8 for the sculpture exhibition. Click here to make an appointment