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Top Attractions in Paris by Director of ASIA NOW

Alexandra Fain, Founder and Director, ASIA NOW

Overlapping with FIAC, the third edition of ASIA NOW will take place from October 18 to October 22 at 9 avenue Hoche in Paris. Founder and Director Alexandra Fain was initiated from her childhood into contemporary art through her father, Claude Fain’s passionate collection of 20th-century artists such as Donald Judd, Gilbert & George and Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as young photographers Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, Richard Prince and Thomas Ruff. In September 2014, they founded ASIA NOW, along with curator Ami Barak and Karen Levy, in order to make the Asian contemporary art scene resonate in Europe.

Fain organized the first edition of ASIA NOW at the Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris in October 2015, bringing together 18 galleries selected by Ami Barak. “This year’s fair also includes a premiere screening in France of "The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg" by Michael Schindhelm and a conversation between Uli Sigg, the most influential Asian art collector, and Pi Li, senior curator of M+ Museum, opening in Hong Kong in 2019,” she says. Blouin ARTINFO got Fain, an art collector and video art enthusiast, to reveal her favorite museums, restaurants and clubs in Paris, the city that needs no introduction.

What are your recommendations for must-visit places in Paris and why?
The Centre Georges Pompidou is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and has a very exciting program! Another must-see institution is the Fondation Louis Vuitton.

What restaurants, bars, and cafes would you recommend in Paris and why?
My favorite spots are Monsieur Bleu at the Palais de Tokyo and Loulou at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, in front of the Palais du Louvre.
Marzo in my neighborhood is a charming Italian restaurant – no pasta, but delicious pizza and a selection of tasty dishes!
Yen, near the Café de Flore in the Saint-Germain area, is one of my favorite Japanese restaurants in Paris for lunch. Finally, for a (much) younger crowd, the Bar de La Croix Rouge is a must-visit for its tartines with the kids on the weekends.

Where would you go and what would you do if you had a free morning or afternoon in Paris?
I would spend my free time at Le Tigre Rive Gauche – a fantastic Yoga temple with great classes and fantastic yoga teachers created by Elodie Garamond. It’s a truly revitalizing experience!

Where would you head to in Paris for the best shopping and what would you buy?
I would go to Colette before it closes for good in January 2018. I would buy fantastic jewels from Kim Mee Hye there!

Where would you recommend people stay (hotels etc.) when they visit Paris?
The Grand Hotel du Palais Royal is a chic and charming boutique hotel with a superb view over the city in the very heart of historical Paris.

What are the best places to see and buy art in Paris?
The following galleries consistently present a great selection of artists’ works: Galerie Vincent Sator, Galerie Magda Danysz, Galerie Liusa Wang, Galerie Pierre-Yves Caër and Galerie NOEJ.

What are the best places to see live bands or musicians in Paris and why?
Club 13 can’t be missed. It's an iconic club launched by the film director Claude Lelouch and just renovated by Sarah Lavoine, the designer. They have karaoke, which is so much fun, and singers and musicians who can sing typical French repertoire. It is also exactly 100 meters away from the ASIA NOW venue on avenue Hoche!

What are the best spots for experiencing Paris’s nightlife after spending the day at an art fair?
Castel is a classic.

What are some interesting artworks that we can look forward to at Asia Now Paris 2017?
There are so many! The Korean platform is among the highlights with a special project by Kyungah Ham: Mona Lisa and the others from the North presented by Kukje Gallery; a selection of young media artists including Jooyoung Kim Lee Wan who is representing the Korean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale this year; and a collaboration with the Busan Biennale presenting Jooyoung Kim's performance.

What projects are you currently working on/involved in?
Preparing our third edition of ASIA NOW in Paris is a full-time commitment at the moment!

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