Leaders, curators and team members of Parisian Art Basel
Paris+, par Art Basel is led by Director Clément Delépine, the former co-director of Paris Internationale, General Manager Virginie Aubert, who was previously Vice President for Christie’s France, and Deputy Director Maxime Hourdequin, who recently served as FIAC’s deputy director.
‘Drawing on the French capital’s rich cultural ecosystem, the team will create ‘a magnetic event for the city and the world’, says Director Clément Delépine.
Clément Delépine, Director: Delépine is the former Co-Director of Paris Internationale, a fair showcasing young galleries and emerging artists that achieved international acclaim for the audacity and quality of its presentations.
Clément Delépine brings with him an in-depth knowledge of the market and an established curatorial practice, having held senior positions at Swiss Institute Contemporary Art in New York, Bortolami in New York, and Galerie Mitterrand in Paris, amongst others.
Virginie Aubert, General Manager: Aubert brings more than 16 years' experience in the art market, having joined Christie’s France in 2004, initially as Business Director leading its 18 Art Departments and from 2015 as General Manager, where she piloted all global transformation projects in France. In 2019, Aubert was appointed Vice President for Christie’s France, leading the company’s business development strategy.
Maxime Hourdequin, Deputy Director: Hourdequin has more than 10 years' experience in the art world and was formerly Deputy Director of FIAC. Maxime first worked at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris as curator assistant for two exhibitions (Dynasty, Paris, 2010 and Resisting the Present, 2011, Paris/Puebla) and then opened a contemporary art gallery in Paris, before joining FIAC in 2013.
The inaugural edition includes a wealth of ambitious commissions such as the largest installation to date by the Polish-born artist Alicja Kwade. Located in the Place Vendôme, the vast installation is curated by Jérôme Sans.
Another key strand of Sites is an exhibition, entitled La Suite de l'Histoire, in the grounds of the Jardin des Tuileries, part of the Musée du Louvre. The exhibition is curated by Annabelle Ténèze, the director of Les Abattoirs, Musée - Frac Occitanie Toulouse.
The inaugural Conversations programme is curated by Pierre-Alexandre Mateos and Charles Teyssou. Speakers will tackle topics such as “What’s next for the French art market?” and “Sex and Art along the Seine”.