Talking Galleries Paris
Part of Paris Gallery Weekend

Friday 25 May 2018
Centre Pompidou

The video recordings are now online! Check them out on our video channel here.


Talking Galleries and CHOICES, organiser of Paris Gallery Weekend, cooperated for the second time in presenting a series of talks that brought together renowned art professionals to encourage debate on the local art scene.
Kicking off this year’s edition of Paris Gallery Weekend (26–27 May), Talking Galleries Paris 2018 consisted of a day-long programme of talks that addressed some key issues on the art world today. The talks explored the impact of the online environment on the art world today (morning session) and the rise of private art foundations in Paris within the global context (afternoon session).
The meeting intends to appeal to art professionals, gallery directors, both corporate and individual collectors, and art enthusiasts alike, both from the Parisian and French scene as from abroad, aiming at an international audience.


Get to know the participating speakers of Talking Galleries Paris 2018
Download here the speakers’ biographies

Georgina Adam

Art Market Editor-at-Large. The Art Newspaper

Roxana Azimi

Art journalist, Le Monde/ L'Hebdo du Quotidien de l'Art

Martin Bethenod

Managing Director, Collection Pinault – Paris

Mattis Curth

CEO & Co-Founder of Artland

JiaJia Fei

Director of Digital, The Jewish Museum, New York

Alexia Guggémos

Art critic and journalist, Paris

Camille Morineau

Director, Monnaie de Paris

Farah Nayeri

Culture writer, The New York Times

Alain Quemin

Professor of sociology of art, Université Paris-8

François Quintin

Director, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris

Astrid Welter

Head of Programs, Fondazione Prada, Milan


Download here the full programme
10:30 – 12:00 | Talk 1 
“The Instagram craze: experiencing art in the digital age”
Looking through the lens of Instagram and other social networks is deeply transforming our behavior towards art. How does the digital environment challenge our ways of thinking about and viewing art? How does it impact the evolution of taste? Can we talk about new cultural influencers or tastemakers?
Mattis Curth, CEO & Co-Founder, Artland
JiaJia Fei, Director of Digital, The Jewish Museum, New York
Alain Quemin, professor of sociology of art, Université Paris-8, Paris
Moderator: Farah Nayeri, culture writer, The New York Times

12:00 – 12:15 | Presentation
“The digital world ecosystem of contemporary art. A brief mapping of the situation in 2018”
Alexia Guggémos, art critic and journalist, Paris
The digital aura can be mapped, measured, and shaped. This is what Alexia Guggémos, art critic and influential marketing consultant, has been studying through her Social Web in Contemporary Art Observatory, Smiling People, since 2011. After having published the guidebook An Artist’s Guide to Social Media, she accompanies with pedagogy the artists, gallerists, and leaders in their digital leadership.

14.30 – 15:15 | Case study
“La Monnaie de Paris, a hybrid project on the Parisian scene”
Camille Morineau, Director, Monnaie de Paris
In conversation with Roxana Azimi, art journalist, Le Quotidien de l’Art and Le Monde
Revamped by an audacious contemporary art programme a few years ago, Monnaie de Paris intertwines heritage and contemporary, very different cultural offers, and a mix private and public initiatives. It stands as a unique and hybrid model in its genre. Camille Morineau, Director of the institution, will draw on its position on the evolving Parisian scene and its perspectives in the upcoming future.

15:30 – 17:00 | Talk 2
“The rise of private foundations boosts Paris as a hub for contemporary art” 
Last March, Lafayette Anticipations inaugurated its space in the heart of Le Marais. Preceded and followed by other privately-funded art foundations like Fondation Louis Vuitton (2014), Collection Pinault (2018), Fondation Agnès b. (2018) or Fondation Fiminco (2019), it reflects a global trend in the Parisian scene. What are the reasons behind this boom? Do private initiatives cooperate with, compete with, or take the place of state/public institutions? This panel aims at analyzing Paris’s revitalised landscape in perspective with other examples on the international stage.
Martin Bethenod, Managing Director, Collection Pinault – Paris
François Quintin, Director, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris
Astrid Welter, Head of Programs, Fondazione Prada, Milan
Moderator: Georgina Adam, art market journalist, The Art Newspaper and Financial Times
The sessions will be held in English or French, with simultaneous translation into French/English.
*The programme may be subject to changes.

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