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Paris' Grand Palais, home of FIAC, which has been called off this year due to coronavirus.

Daniel Hennemand from Paris, France. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

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Modern and Contemporary art fair FIAC, design fair PAD Paris, which were both due to run next month, have been cancelled and are postponed until next year.

FIAC was due to take place at the Grand Palais from October 22-25. Following discussions between exhibitors, collectors, visitors and organisers, the event was officially called off on Monday.  

It said in a statement that it was “not in a position to organize an event that meets the legitimate expectations of its exhibitors” in light of the continuing health crisis.

Exhibitors are being reimbursed for 100% of the sums already paid.

The next staging of the event is due to take place from October 21-24, 2021.

PAD Paris, which was scheduled for October 19-25, is now planned to run from April 7-11. It follows the cancellation of this year’s PAD London, which will now run next October. A digital platform for the two events will open on November 4.

Meanwhile, Fine Arts Paris has had a change of date and venue. It will now take place from November 26-29 at Palais Brongniart, rather than in the planned temporary structure in the courtyard of the Dôme des Invalides, which will be the venue for the 2021 edition. It is also adding an online platform for foreign exhibitors and visitors.