This is the new event not to be missed in the world of contemporary art: the Art Fair Dijon welcomes, between October 8 and 10, 2021, around thirty gallery owners, artist studios and FRACs.
Majestic, they welcome the visitor on the threshold of the Dijon exhibition center. Showcases and sentinels of the first edition of the Art Fair Dijon, the works of the Perspectives space set the tone.
This fair will be demanding while promoting regional gallery owners. On the one hand, the scenography shows the work of renowned artists, such as Raymond Hains exhibited by Valerius Gallery, and James Brown (Galerie PJ); on the other, gallery owners from the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region, such as the Cheloudiakoff gallery, exhibit their treasures.
For this first edition, The Art Fair Dijon exhibits around thirty gallery owners from all over Europe. Their selections transform the Dijon exhibition center into a huge 2800m2 art gallery where collectors can discover or rediscover around sixty artists between October 8 and 10, 2021.
Belgium, rich in a common history with Burgundy and dozens of dynamic art galleries, is the guest of honor at this show, created by Franche-Comté Jean-Marc Bassand.
A fair is an essential place, which allows collectors and gallery owners to meet and discuss.
Dijon, capital of contemporary art
The birth of a salon is always an event in the art world. That of the Art Fair Dijon owes nothing to chance.
Its founder, Jean-Marc Bassand, is passionate about contemporary art. Bisontin, he naturally turned to the Burgundian capital, city of Yan Pei-Ming, Didier Marcel and Bertrand Lavier to launch his project.
“Great artists are from Dijon and, unfortunately, they exhibit all over the world but very few in Burgundy. The Consortium is also an important place since it was classified in the 50 most important places for contemporary creation in the world by the American newspaper the New York Times ” explains Jean-Marc Bassand.
Originally from Lure (Haute-Saône), trained at the hotel school in Poligny (Jura), passionate about tattooing, the forty-something fell in love at first sight in 2004 at the Maeght foundation in Saint-Paul-de-Vence. From one museum to another, he discovers Picasso, Calder, Fernand Léger … and ventures into the art galleries of Belfort. The show leaves plenty of room for gallerists from Bourgogne Franche-Comté: Jean Grezet in Besançon, Cheloudiakoff and Robert Dantec in Belfort, Pietro Sparta in Chagny for example.
To showcase young artists, the organizers have forged partnerships with the FRACs of Burgundy and Franche-Comté as well as with associations of Dijon artists, such as Ateliers Vortex, Ateliers Chiffonnier and Interface, in particular: “We chose to give them exhibition spaces and to free them up to their artistic choices. It was important to promote young talents” explains Jean-Marc Bassand.
Passionate about street culture and tattoos, Jean-Marc Bassand would like to make room for atypical artists in future editions: “Contemporary art has the reputation of being elitist because it is necessary to have the means for the collector and it is often necessary to have made recognized schools so that its works become it. There are also interesting artists outside this system, people who have dissonant productions that deserve to be shown. “
It will be in a second step. Jean-Marc’s first bet is held: after three years of preparation, a budget of € 250,000 and a postponement due to the Covid epidemic, the show has finally come true!
Thanks to the central position of Dijon (between Paris, Geneva and Lyon), the organizers hope to welcome 5,000 visitors, collectors, general public but also schools.
Art and wine
Art lovers and wine lovers also live to cross paths for a year on the Beaune coast.
Several wine estates (Chapuis, Patriarche, Bouchard) host around twenty sculptures in all. Baptized “in situ course”, the works will come to animate the Burgundian heritage and make it accessible to all. The circuit is inaugurated Sunday October 10, 2021.
Jean-Marc Bassand, guest of the Avant week-end on October 8, 2021
Do not miss the show L’Avant week-end at 6.30 p.m. this Friday, October 8, 2021 whose guest is Jean-Marc Bassand, the founder of the first edition of the Art Fair Dijon