Chinese artists in the spotlight at 2014 Art Paris Art Fair

From March 27 to 30, over 140 contemporary art galleries from around the globe will gather at the historic Grand Palais in Paris. A total of 20 countries will be represented at the 2014 edition of the art fair, which will turn the spotlight on Chinese artists to celebrate 50 years since the opening of relations between France and China.

Like the Russian art professionals who had center stage in 2013, Chinese gallerists will be the guests of honor at Grand Palais this year. Art Paris Art Fair will host close to 90 Chinese artists from galleries in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong and from Western galleries such as Paris-Beijing, Daniel Templon and A2Z Art Gallery.

A number of works of art will be displayed at the Grand Palais, including Liu Bolin's monumental sculpture "Iron Fist" and Zhang Ding's installation "Buddha Jumps over the Wall." French-Chinese artists including Zao Wou Ki (Galerie Bogéna), Chu Teh Chun (Galerie Patrice Trigano), Wang Keping (Galerie Zürcher) and Nobel Prize-winning author and painter Gao Xingjian will also take part in the event.

Critics and other experts on the Chinese art scene will gather for a round table discussion entitled "Art in China today, what will the future hold?" (March 27, 4pm, Grand Palais Auditorium).

Encompassing artists from multiple fields of creativity -- from photography and painting to sculpture and product design -- Art Paris Art Fair is among the most significant annual events in the European contemporary art world. The fair is becoming increasingly international, as 50% of the art professionals participating in 2014 will come from outside of France, compared to 43% in 2013.

Art Paris Art Fair takes place from March 28 to 30 at the Grand Palais. Opening times: Thursday, March 27 - 11:30am to 8:00pm; Friday, March 28 - 11:30am to 10:00pm; Saturday March 29 - 11:30am to 8:00pm; Sunday, March 30 - 11:30am to 7:00pm. Admission prices range from €12 to €22 (around $17 to $31). Website: