Art Paris Art Fair
Report: Art Paris Art Fair
From New York to Paris, China is decidedly in the limelight… After the Armory Show, which devoted its fifth "Focus" to it, the programme of Art Paris Art Fair included a window onto contemporary Chinese creation. The two events each involved different casts, with only the 10 Chancery Lane Gallery of Hong Kong participating in both. The choice of China was a timely one. Firstly, because the fiftieth anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and China involves a series of events in Paris, including the fair – which was in the end at the heart of these in March. It also coincided with Chinese President Xi Jinping's official visit to the capital, and some extremely lucrative contracts… The other reason, and a significant one in the eyes of Art Paris director Guillaume Piens, is that the view we had of this constantly changing scene was somewhat out of date, too often associated with clichés like realism, socialism and Pop art. In short, the time had really come to blow away the cobwebs. And off they blew! A platform of galleries – ten from China and three from Hong Kong – presented a selection summing up today's creation to perfection, with the work of ninety Chinese artists. For gallery owner Xing Dong Cheng, it was "the first time that a European fair had paid a tribute of this scope and quality to the Chinese scene." Some galleries like the Red Bridge Gallery were participating in a European fair for the first time. Its director Albert Dou told us, in the language of Voltaire, "After thirty years of materialism and economic development, China's rebirth needs to be expressed through culture." His stand, dedicated to the painters Tang Zhigang, Po Shui and Liu Wei (all representatives of the figurative wing), stood out from the general selection on offer. It was more oriented towards photography and pieces revisiting traditional works in ink in a contemporary vein: both trends in the current Chinese scene. We were able to see works by the star Liu Wei, born in 1965, whose work is strongly influenced by Impressionism and Expressionism. Two of his 2009 works in the pure tradition of the genre were on offer. When we were there, the director had registered a number of reservations, if not firm purchases.
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Frieze New York, from 9 to 12 May in Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan. The young, avant-garde and highly European fair has now stolen the limelight from the historical Armory Show. A vital stage for conquering the American art market…
Souvenirs of the legendary Lutétia Hotel on the Paris Rive Gauche, illustrated books by the Iranian poet Salah Stétié, a Monogold by Yves Klein, a painting by the Dutch artist Eglon Van Der Neer (Great Lady) and funerary furnishings from the 13th Egyptian dynasty are just some of the highlights of the sales in France…
China once more features large in the game of auctions, posting some thundering results from Hong Kong to Paris (Chicken Cup from period of Chenghua, oil on canvas by Zao Wou-ki…). And for once, the French decorative arts have followed suit.
"De la Chine aux Arts Décoratifs". For the first time, this exhibition unveils the Paris Musée des Arts Décoratifs' collection of Chinese objets d’art, exceptional for their quality and diversity.
From 23 to 25 May, 35 galleries are opening for the very first "Collectors' Weekend" in France. They are all galleries with well established reputations and a variety of profiles, ranging from the historic (Jean Fournier and Jaeger Bucher) to the more forward-looking (Cortex Athletico and Laurent Mueller).
After the Armory Show, which devoted its fifth "Focus" to China, Art Paris Art Fair included a window onto contemporary Chinese creation. The choice of China was a timely one, because the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and China involves a series of events in Paris.
The legendary Kunstkammer has opened again at the Kunsthistorisches Museum (KHM) in Vienna, Austria, following ten years of meticulous restoration in the museum's laboratories. This is the biggest cabinet of curiosities in the world, covering a thousand years of history…
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