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Expo Chicago 2024/ French Connections

Art Fair

EXPO CHICAGO, 2023. Photo by Kyle Flubacker.

Navy Pier in the Festival Hall
Chicago, IL, US 60611

April 11 - April 14, 2024

In April, Villa Albertine is excited to renew its partnership with EXPO CHICAGO : since 2012, EXPO CHICAGO showcases leading contemporary and modern art galleries each April at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, alongside a diverse and inventive program of talks, on-site installations, and public art initiatives.

Once again, Chicago reveals itself as a privileged cultural destination, judging by the rich contemporary art community that gathers there every year. Thanks to its annual curatorial exchange, EXPO CHICAGO remains one of the only art fairs in the country to have an initiative dedicated to funding global curatorial exchanges, which foster future collaborations between curators on a local, national and international level. This invitation-only program encourages critical dialogue on the Chicago and Midwest art scenes from an international perspective.


For the 2024 edition, 170 gallerists will be represented, including a large number of Paris-based gallery owners. Such as :

193 Gallery, Paris, Venice

Bogéna Galerie, Saint-Paul de Vence, Phoenix

Galerie Charlot, Paris, Tel Aviv

Les Enluminures, Chicago, New York, Paris

Galerie La Forest Divonne, Paris, Brussels

Mariane Ibrahim, Chicago, Paris, Mexico City

NIL Gallery, Paris

Perrotin, Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, Dubai, Los Angeles

Galerie Poggi, Paris

Galerie Richard, Paris

Galerie Olivier Waltman, Paris

Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Dubai, Luxembourg, Paris

Curatorial Exchange

Through its annual Curatorial Exchange, EXPO CHICAGO remains one of the nation’s only art fairs with a dedicated initiative focused on funding global curatorial exchanges that foster future collaborations for curators on the local, national and international level. This invitation-only program fosters critical dialogue about the Chicago and Midwest art scenes from an international perspective.
In partnership with Villa Albertine Chicago, this year’s participant from France is:

Stéphanie Airaud, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Marseille
Graduated of the Ecole du Louvre, Paris Sorbonne University and the Institut national du patrimoine, Stéphanie Airaud started at the Musée d’Art moderne et contemporain in Strasbourg before heading the fine arts and contemporary art department of the Annecy Museum in 2002.  She has notably curated projects co-created by Marie Preston, Nicolas Floc’h and Esther Ferrer. Giving a theoretical and reflective framework to these practices, mixing contemporary creation, mediation and institutional criticism.  In 2022, Stéphanie Airaud was appointed curator at the Galerie d’architecture moderne et contemporaine of the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine. On July 4, 2023, she took the direction of the [mac], Museum of Contemporary Art in Marseille.  


Apr 14, 2024 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM | Chicago Into the World: Artistic and Cultural Exchange Along a Continuum
Panelists | Assia Drame aka Azzeazy (Visual Artist, Poet and 2024 Villa Albertine Artist in Residence), Catherine Sarr (founder and CEO of ALMASIKA and the Sarr Collection), Megha Ralapati (Program Director of Fellowships at CEC ArtsLink), Bora Un (Managing Director of ART WORKS Projects) and Jennifer Murray (Museum Manager at 21c Chicago).

21c Museum Hotel ChicagoARTS WORKS ProjectsCEC ArtsLink, and Villa Albertine invite you to a thrilling conversation, over coffee and pastries on the last day of Expo Chicago, on gaining insights into how distinctive platforms facilitate international artistic and cultural exchanges.

Expo Chicago | Raphaël Barontini

Mariane Ibrahim Gallery announces the solo presentation of artist and 2024 Villa Albertine resident Raphaël Barontini at EXPO Chicago 2024 (Booth #203)

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Expo Chicago

EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, features leading international galleries alongside the highest quality platform for contemporary art and culture. The city of Chicago has proudly hosted a global contemporary and modern art exposition for nearly forty years and serves as the site of the first international art fair in the Americas. Since its inception, EXPO CHICAGO has remained dedicated to supporting local, regional, and international arts communities, with strong regional support throughout the Greater Midwest, both US coasts, and maintained a growing international commitment from Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
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21c Museum Hotels

21c Museum Hotels was founded by philanthropists and art collectors Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson. They launched 21c in 2006 with a vision to combine contemporary art, boutique hotels, and culinary experiences. Their goal was to support urban renewal and regional agriculture. 21c has expanded to multiple locations across the United States, each offering a unique blend of art, hospitality, and dining. The exhibition displayed at 21c Museum hotel in Chicago proposes 100 multi-media artworks by 60 artists from across the globe. The public is invited to browse the museum at its leisure and to enjoy regular  cultural programming.

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