Diotima Schuck
2 February 2023

On Thursday 2 February 2023, the Centquatre, a Parisian cultural space with an eclectic programmation, announced its results at the end of its Foire foraine d’art contemporain organised from 17 September 2022 to 29 January 2023. At the end of the five months, i.e. 101 days of opening, it welcomed nearly 104,000 visitors.

An "artistic amusement park" is how the Centquatre defined the fair, which brought together some 40 international artists to welcome its public under the sign of entertainment and strong sensation, rather than contemplation. The exhibition, designed to be immersive, presented works of attraction, between sculptures, paintings, photos and installations. The public could also take rides on a merry-go-round, a ghost train, play games of skill or visit an ice palace or a house of horror.

In comparison, the Nemo Biennial, a digital art exhibition organised from October to January 2021, one month less than the fair, had gathered 103,402 visitors. With its 259 artists and 28 partner venues, its scope was also broader. The Foire foraine, on the other hand, can boast of a real visibility on the networks, with more than 500,000 views of the exhibition page.