City officials want to bring FIAC contemporary art fair to St. Petersburg. On February 12, Vice Governor Vasily Kichedzhi met with the Director of the Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovsky and the Director of the French Institute, Michel Grange, to discuss the organization of the exhibition in 2015.
Grunge stated that the French side is preparing for St. Petersburg "an innovative cultural project that aims to develop a creative economy and the accessibility of cultural forms of contemporary artistic expression." FIAC in St. Petersburg will include three blocks - exhibition, music and intellectual exchange program. Piotrovsky proposed the General Staff of the Hermitage and the Exchange building as the main venues for the fair.
Sculptures of Jean Dubuffet in front of the Petit PalaisJames Lee Byers "Untitled", 2010Claire Morgan. Diamond, 2010Stefan Vigny. Château de tôle, 2011
One of the largest European contemporary art fairs has been held annually since 1974. The last, anniversary, FIAC gathered stands of 184 galleries from 25 countries, mainly French, American and German. It occupied not only the exhibition spaces of the Grand Palais, but also the Louvre, the adjacent Tuileries Gardens and other open public spaces. It was possible to see the works of such contemporary artists as Ai Weiwei, Oscar Murillo, Doug Aitken, Marina Abramovich, Daniel Buren, Anish Kapoor. The fair lasts only a few days.