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The fair’s philosophy - to mix paintings and drawings with sculpture across a wide date range - remains the same but the Palais Brongniart, where the inaugural event was held, is limited in its capacity.

Accordingly the organisers, the same group of Paris dealers who put on the longstanding Salon du Dessin drawings fair, have opted to move to the larger surroundings of the Carrousel du Louvre for a five-day run from November 7-11.

From the 34 exhibitors who stood at this event last year, the list has grown to 43 with around a quarter of the participants coming from outside France.

Specific cultural focus

The fair’s other aim is to have a specific cultural focus which this year will be on sculpture. In addition to a loan exhibition on Henry de Triqueti from the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Orléans and the Musée Girodet in Montargis, there is a new- off site development.  Just as the Salon du Dessin promotes the Mois du Dessin staged across various Paris institutions during its spring run, Fine Arts Paris is collaborating with major Parisian museums to create Sculpture Week in 18 locations across the city.

Sculpture Week participants include the Louvre, the atelier Brancusi at the Pompidou Centre, the Musée Rodin and the Petit Palais. As well as the opportunity to look behind the scenes at reserve collections and a series of private tours, visitors can attend a one day Sculpture Symposium on November 7. This takes place at the Petit Palais which is also inaugurating its new sculpture gallery on the same day.