Held in the old Paris Bourse building (stock exchange), the organizers do a wonderful job breaking the space down into intimate galleries showcasing the specific types of work each participant represents. It doesn't take long to get through all the exhibits so it won't take up a significant part of your day. My daughter and I went through separately, chose our personal favorites throughout, joined up at the end and compared notes--that took about an hour and a half. If you do go (and you so should if you are in town this weekend), be sure to buy the guide as it features many of the pieces being sold and a brief description. For some reason, I found it to be a really pleasurable thing to go back to.
An odd trickle down effect in this genre of art takes place in Paris during this particular week. While the show is on, dealers and clients who have gathered in the city to take advantage of selling and buying also have the opportunity to purchase additional works as Sotheby's puts their two cents in with an auction on Wednesday, March 25th. More amazing goodies to hang in your powder room when you get back from your trip.
Wednesday to Monday, March 25th to March 30th
Palais de la Bourse 75002
Metro: Line 3 Bourse, Line 8 & 9, Grands Boulevards
Entry fee: 12 euros
76 rue du Faubourg Saint Honore 75008
Metro: Line 1, 8, 12 Concorde
Photos: Salon du Dessin, Sotheby's