Previously participants have been required to pay before doors open.
These exceptional measures, proposed by the Biennale and the dealers’ association Syndicat National des Antiquaires, will rely on funding from the State guarantee scheme for loans granted to companies affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.
Organised ‘by dealers for dealers’
The fair is one of the many art world fixtures impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Its 2020 staging has been postponed by a day, taking into account the new September calendar of events. It now runs from September 18-22 at the Grand Palais.
Georges de Jonckheere, president of the event, said: “La Biennale Paris is a fair organised by dealers for dealers. We must participate in the profession’s collective effort by helping those dealers hard hit by the current health crisis, our objective being to resume activity smoothly once the crisis is over, and to keep alive the passion that we all share.”
The fair will go ahead only if all safety conditions are met and in compliance with the recommendations of national and international health authorities, he added.