About CHOICES and Paris Gallery Weekend
Created in 2014 by Marion Papillon, CHOICES organises Paris Gallery Weekend, which is now established as a major art event in spring. In 2018, the event will bring together more than forty modern and contemporary art galleries on May 26 and 27; two unique and bubbly days of art where artists, collectors, professionals and art lovers meet in the galleries for vernissages and Rendez-Vous—performances, talks, brunches …
Founder and Director of Paris Gallery Weekend
Marion Papillon, Director of Galerie Papillon, created CHOICES in 2014 and started Paris Gallery Weekend to promote the Paris scene and the work of galleries. She brings together different actors from the art world, partners and new audiences to make this event an even richer moment for dialogue and encounters.
Anne-Sarah Bénichou is director of the gallery bearing her name which she founded in the Marais in 2016, after several experiences in the art market, auction houses and galleries. In it she represents contemporary French and international artists, both emerging and established.
Eric Dereumaux founded the ARTCOM site in 1995 and CD-Rom French contemporary art, in 1999. He joined together with Éric Rodrigue in 2002 to start Galerie RX, which represents fifteen French and foreign artists. A specialist of the Korean art scene, he is also the President and Founder of the PARITANA association created in 2016 to support and encourage the creation of Madagascan artists. Since 2010, he has taught at ICART and has brought his expertise to the art market. In 2018, Eric Dereumaux was made Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.
Fabienne Leclerc started her first gallery in 1989 in the Marais. She was the first gallerist to have supported the work of Gary Hill and she continues to work closely with many of the artists from her original structure (Patrick Corillon, Patrick Van Caeckenbergh, Lynne Cohen, Mark Dion). In 2001, she created the gallery In Situ and joined the galleries on rue Louise Weiss. She has a continuing interest in an emerging scene of artists from various origins that have never been presented in France. These artists of different generations and cultures share the desire to reveal and to question the essential values that animate contemporary society. Since January 2017, the gallery is located in the 18th arrondissement and she is working on the opening of a new space in Romainville with several galleries, the Ile-de-France frac, the Jeune Création association and the Fondation Fiminco.
Jérôme Poggi is a historian and art critic specialized in the history of the art trade. He is the author of numerous articles, books and documentary films. A graduate from Ecoles Centrale and EHESS, he holds a Master in Art History. Jérôme Poggi began his gallery in 2009 after several years in art institutes, particularly at the Domaine de Kerguéhennec as assistant director. Convinced of the ability of galleries today to act beyond the market, at the very heart of society, he advocates for a broader conception of the art trade. He ties together his activities as a gallerist and accredited mediator for the Fondation de France for the «New Partners» operation he heads up at SOCIETIES, the non-profit organization he founded in 2004.
After six years at Sprüth Magers in Munich, Séverine Waelchli opened their office in Paris. In 2006, she joined Yvon Lambert Gallery and became Senior Director three years later. Since 2012, she has worked as a director for the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris where she is in charge of collector and institution relations. She is also the link between the gallery and several artists for whom she organizes exhibitions at the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in the Marais, Pantin, Salzburg and London. She has been in charge of Alex Katz’s «45 years of portrait» project, Sturtevant’s exhibition «Undeniable allusion» and Wolfgang Laib’s exhibition «The beginning of something else».
After a Masters of Art Administration (UNSW, Australia), Marie Delas gained her experience in galleries, at the Sydney Biennale, at a foundation and as an exhibition assistant. She is in the IFM Entrepreneurs program in order to support the cultural and artistic projects she leads as well as to connect with other universes. In 2016, she joined Paris Gallery Weekend where she participates in the development of the event through the redesign of its communication, building partnerships with an open approach and improving mediation.
Head of Mediation
Anaïs Montevecchi holds a DNAP and a DNSEP from ENSAPC (École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris Cergy) and specializes in the mediation of contemporary art in the private sector. Founder of Les Galeries Pour Tous in 2013 and of Le Decoder d’Art in 2016, she works on the promotion of contemporary art works in private or corporate collections as well as on the design of tailor-made mediation in galleries or contemporary art fairs. She manages the mediation of the Fotofever fair and Paris Gallery Weekend. She was a reporter for the first edition of the Galeristes fair and was on the jury for the YIA Brussels Prize in 2015.
Matter of Fact
In 2018, the Matter of Fact studio worked with Paris Gallery Weekend to create a new identity that embodies the idea of a tour and to rethink the event’s signage, website, print and digital communication with the idea of encouraging visitors to circulate more between the galleries. The 2019 edition is the opportunity for a new collaboration with the studio teams. Matter of Fact is a creative studio that combines culture and technology to produce creative ideas for brands, institutions and media. The studio counts among its clients Beaux Arts magazine, FiAC, Gaîté Lyrique and Jeu de Paume.
Social network manager
A graduate of the Ecole du Louvre, Raphaëlle Boudry has been working for four years on the digital strategy of many cultural institutions. After working at the Cornette auction house in Saint Cyr and the town hall of the 8th arrondissement of Paris, she now works on the development and animation of the social networks for the Fotofever contemporary photography fair and Paris Gallery Weekend.