Parcours des Mondes 2018
For its 17th edition held from 11 to 16 September 2018, Parcours des Mondes invited the American collector Adam Lindemann as its Honorary President. A keen collector of tribal, African and Asian art, as well as contemporary art, in 2016 he organised an exhibition entitled ‘Fétiche’ at his New York gallery Venus Over Manhattan. Going by the number, quality and diversity of its participants, Parcours des Mondes is the leading art fair for international and primitive arts.
Every year in the Beaux-arts area of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris since 2002, the fair gathers around sixty French and foreign gallery owners – some of the latter in residence with their Parisian representatives – specialising in African, Asian, Oceanian and American arts. This exceptional concentration of artworks and experts takes on the form of an open-door and open-air art fair, in which visitors are free to stroll through the picturesque streets of this historic neighbourhood transformed into a showcase of primitive arts. Each gallery offers an intimate, customised presentation of undiscovered African or Oceanian masterpieces, more accessible ethnographic pieces, and works particularly sought after by collectors. This year, Adam Lindemann’s presidency coincided with the general ambiance of Parcours des Mondes, where the juxtaposition of past and present African, Asian and tribal art classifications set the tone for the desire to stimulate the eyes and to widen perspectives in the arts.
The success of this outdoor art fair, unanimously acclaimed by the press, has been enjoying greater footfall from more internationally diverse visitors, and was made possible thanks to a combination of complementary elements: the healthy primitive arts market, enthusiasts’ increased interest for artworks from afar, the efforts that dealers have undertaken to offer high-quality themed exhibitions, a parallel cultural programme and the special care that the organisers have taken to ensure the quality and expertise of exhibits. With the retrospective exhibition ‘Pigalle 1930, Retour sur une exposition mythique’, the programme for this year and the many large-scale themed exhibitions, Parcours des Mondes 2018 was as aesthetic as it was multicultural.
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