The current director of Paris Photo, Florence Bourgeois, will now also take over the management of FIAC, France’s leading contemporary art fair, which was recently ousted from its historic Grand Palais headquarters by Art Basel. FIAC and Paris Photo are managed by the French subsidiary of RX Global.
Bourgeois will replace Jennifer Flay, who has led FIAC since 2003. When the Grand Palais announced last month that it had ceded FIAC’s coveted October dates to Art Basel, which plans to launch a new Paris fair in October, Flay was still the manager, but she has since left. Several outlets have reported that Flay’s next move may actually be to lead the Parisian fair of Art Basel.
In a statement announcing Flay’s departure and Bourgeois’ appointment, RX France President Michel Filzi praised Flay’s “great professionalism”, adding: “If Paris is so artistically attractive today, it t is also thanks, for several years, to the FIAC, which under its leadership has undergone a remarkable revival and is putting Paris back at the center of the art market.
Bourgeois has been director of Paris Photo since 2015. She began her career in an accounting firm and then moved into fashion, working for French model Inès de la Fressange’s fashion line and Givenchy Parfums.
She then decided to change careers and obtained a degree in art history at the École du Louvre. She began her career in the art world working in the modern and contemporary art department of the French auction house Artcurial. In 2012, she was appointed general manager of the Pavillon des Arts et du Design (PAD), which organizes fairs in Paris and London. At Paris Photo, she is launching two new sections for large format photography and for cinema. Bourgeois was also behind the conception of Paris Photo New York, which was supposed to open in April 2020 but was canceled due to the pandemic.
In her statement, Filzi said: “In addition to her in-depth knowledge of the art world, Florence and her team succeeded in making Paris Photo the most important and dynamic event in the world for the photography market, thanks in particular to a real collaboration with galleries and publishers. She has also strongly contributed to the promotion of women artists in the art sector.