Art Market Magazine
In August, the air in Paris was hot – exceedingly hot… The new autumn season in the capital promises to be of equally burning interest in terms of cultural news. Curious tourists in T-shirt and shorts will soon make way for collectors in impeccable three-piece suits with slim beauties on their arms. With the change of season comes a change of style… and , Paris becomes in the Autumn the capital of the arts: a position challenged for a while by others, but which it is ceaselessly winning back. For example, François Pinault announced his return in July with the former commodities exchange being refurbished by his preferred architect, Tadao Ando for receiving his contemporary art collection. Only a privileged few will have the pleasure of meeting him at the Biennale des Antiquaires, also endeavouring to revive its former glory. This sleeping beauty is donning all her finery to charm her world, but can faultless organisation (and a loan from the Hermitage, no less) compensate for the cyclical downturn (increasingly rare fine pieces and an overwhelming number of events)? We'll find out in a few days!
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For the last 28 editions, the Biennale spirit has evinced an unwavering determination to offer all that is rare and beautiful. This approach is reflected in an invitation to the Hermitage Museum, the Mobilier National and the Fondation de la Haute Joaillerie – three institutions with excellence in their genes – to present a selection of their iconic pieces: a landmark in the Biennale's long history.
Guest of honour, the Hermitage
Travelling from the shores of the Neva to the banks of the Seine, the treasures of the Hermitage will be appearing beneath the glass roof of the Grand Palais during the Biennale des Antiquaires. A first for a trade fair of this scope, even if the most recent Salon du Dessin succeeded, if on a more modest scale, in assembling some of the finest drawings from the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.
In twenty years, Rüdiger Weng has sold nearly 20,000 works by over 800 modern and contemporary artists. Focusing on the middle of the range, he has adopted a methodical and pragmatic approach to the dealer's trade…
Taking advantage of the Biennale, auction houses are providing
a rich programme, which gives star billing to classical painting, furniture and objets d'art. With the dispersion of some famous collections (including those of Robert de Balkany and the Château de Villepreux), autumn looks set to be an auspicious season in France.
This summer produced some splendid bids for archaeology and drawing, not to mention jewellery. An occasion to look back over highlights of the speciality, considered a safe investment.
A difficult choice for dealers in Old Master paintings, who have been gathering at the Palais Brongniart since 2011. When it was announced that the Biennale would now take place every year, the twenty-odd galleries faced a dilemma…
The "Parcours des Mondes" hallows Paris as the capital of the tribal art. Excellence will be the watchword at the 15th edition, which confirms the event as an outlet for Asian art and a leading fair in the arts tribal market…
With the series of dramatic transformations affecting the Biennale, new independent events are emerging, organised by key and sometimes dissident names in the art market: a plethora of parallel events will be taking place in various Paris galleries. A focus on the "Fringe".
September 2016 Edition
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