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This woman boosts the Parisian art scene to new heights
Because there is more than the Mona Lisa and FIAC.
Feature 06 May 2019

Marie Delas, Project Director – Paris Gallery Weekend
After having a Masters of Art Administration (UNSW, Australia) under her belt, Marie Delas gained art world experience by working in galleries, at the Biennale of Sydney and by supporting a private foundation.
As she was ready for the next level, she has undertaken the IFM Entrepreneurs program – also to connect with other universes outside the art circle.
In 2016, she joined Paris Gallery Weekend where she participates in the development and the expansion of the event to a global scale through revamping the communication strategy, building international partnerships and improving cross-industry collaborations.
While we have booked our flights already, Marie gave us some first hand insights into Parisian art world secrets and beyond.
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3 facts to convince us to book our tickets straight
First and foremost, discover Paris in a new way: surprising, fun and contemporary intertwined in the most beautiful hidden gems in le Marais, picturesque streets of Saint Germain, classy 8th arrdt, or edgy places in La Chapelle and Pantin
Second, it’s easy as we prepared everything for you; you just have to follow the routes we designed and check the Agenda online to attend the events
Finally, this gallery marathon is a complete exercise for the brain and the body: see, meet, hear, talk, walk – just all you need! 
What is the moment you are most looking forward to?
The Gallery Weekend itself: Saturday and Sunday walks through the galleries and all the exciting things on the programme (openings, performances, concerts, talks, tours for collectors and families…) 
Any Paris based artist on your personal watch list?
Louis Cyprien Rials, Alice Guittard and Clothilde Matta
What else not to miss in Paris during GW: Exhibitions, hideaways, off spaces
In the galleries during the day (Saturday 18 May):
Opening of Samuel Levi Jones’s first exhibition at Galerie Lelong & Co. in Paris
Opening of Imran Qureshi at Thaddaeus Ropac 
At UNESCO on the occasion of European Night of Museums and Paris Gallery Weekend (Saturday 18 May):
The tour of the collections but also the screening we planned with Opera de Paris’ 3e Scene in the UNESCO’s great amphitheatre: Les Indes Galantes by Clement Cogitore and Grand Hôtel Barbes by Ramzi Ben Slimane  
5 cross industries influencers we should follow on IG straight away (fashion people, gallerist, artist etc – ideally all from Paris)

What made you decide to move into the art industry?
I always loved art history, drawing, aesthetics in general but contemporary art kind of happened by chance 
What is your favourite place to recharge in Paris when you need a quiet moment?
I need outdoors and a very good coffee. My selection for such things in Paris would then go as follow: Parc de Saint Cloud or Jardin Catherine Labouré to get some green, Café Coutume or Marcello for the energy boost. 
Anything else you would like to tell us: Hashtag to use, place to go, things to look out for?
@parisgalleryweekend and enter the Treasure Hunt #ChasseautresorPGW to win 2000€ to acquire a work of art!
 
Image Credit by Roeland Verhallen

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