As an international platform dedicated to professionals and enthusiasts of contemporary drawing, we are organizing a symposium that will be held throughout the Drawing Now Art Fair at the Carreau du Temple, Paris 3rd.

Curators, institutional and independent directors are invited to explore key themes in the landscape of contemporary drawing and art in general. Topics as broad as education and the public, design and society, as well as new technologies and science – including animation (the central theme of our exhibition this year) – will be discussed by leading specialists and actors in the world of contemporary drawing in Europe and beyond. We also offer artist interviews that will offer insight into their exploration of these topics within their studios.

Symposium, 10e édition de Drawing Now Art Fair 2016 © Jean Picon
Symposium, 10e édition de Drawing Now Art Fair 2016 © Jean Picon

All the conferences – a programme of meetings with international personalities – will take place in the auditorium of the Carreau du Temple on Thursday 21 March (free access on registration) and in the Talks Area on level -1 of the Carreau du Temple the rest of the time (from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 March). Each conference lasts 1 hour and will be accessible after the fair on our Youtube channel.

Symposium topics and moderators

Anette Gehrig, Chercheuse en sciences de l’art, directrice et conservatrice du Cartoonmuseum Basel

Comics: their role in the field of narrative art
Thursday, March 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Moderator: Anette Gehrig, Art Researcher, Director and Curator of Cartoonmuseum Basel
Language: English

Guy Boyer, Historien d’art et journaliste

Drawing & Learning Tools*
Thursday, March 21 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Moderator: Guy Boyer, Art historian and journalist
Language: French

Pamella Guerdat, Doctorante et conservatrice adjointe Beaux-Arts au Musée Jenisch Vevey

Drawing in Transition: New Approaches to Collections
Thursday, March 21 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Moderator: Pamella Guerdat, PhD student and Assistant Curator of Fine Arts at the Musée Jenisch Vevey
Language: French

Carole Haensler, Conservatrice du Museo Civico Villa dei Cedri à Bellinzone

Drawing ecosystems
Thursday, March 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Moderator: Carole Haensler, Director Museo Villa dei Cedri, Bellinzona, Switzerland
Language: English

*General theme — title to be defined

Symposium topics and moderators

Klaus Speidel, Théoricien
de l’image et de l’art, docteur en philosophie, commissaire d’exposition et critique d’art basé à Vienne

Drawing in the Age of A.I.
Friday, March 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Moderator: Klaus Speidel, Image and Art Theorist, Doctor of Philosophy, curator and art critic based in Vienna
Language: English


Financing a corporate drawing collection
Friday, March 22 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Moderation: Bail Art
Language: French

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Artist Interview
Saturday, March 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Moderation: Sébastien Laudenbach, director and screenwriter
Language: French

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Drawing and animation
Sunday, March 24 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Moderation: Emmanuel-Alain Raynal, Producer of Miyu production
Language: French