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What's galvanising the art world as we approach Christmas? Everyone's talking about the promise (seen by some as a threat) of restoring their material heritage to the countries of Africa, as the report ordered on the subject by President Emmanuel Macron is delivered to him. The commotion follows on from the more local one involving appointments at various major French cultural institutions, where several directors' posts are up for renewal. For example, the École des Beaux-arts de Paris, where the recruitment of current Palais de Tokyo director Jean de Loisy, strongly criticized for undermining "artistic biodiversity", is still awaiting the Minister's confirmation, while the Jeu de Paume has found the right match in the shape of Quentin Bajac. The same fever is evident in the sale rooms, but with no undesirable effects: for a string of million-plus bids seems to be affecting every sector and region, while the catalogues read like good omens. And that's the real issue here. The watchwords are to keep up and trust your eye (as Hubert Duchemin advises in these pages), while awaiting a brief respite, glass in hand. For champagne is going under the hammer too, with an unprecedented sale in this field.
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In December, Asia returns to Drouot. China (whose objects continue to fire the bidding during Asia Week) and Japan (making a very discreet appearance) are facing competition this year from their neighbours in not only Vietnam (represented mainly by the Nguyen dynasty) but also Tibet and Gandhara, with large numbers of smiling Buddhist divinities. In the sphere of 20th century graphic arts, several names will be highlighted, including Da Qian, Zhang Yuan and Nguyen Khang.
A trend to be confirmed under the hammer.
No field can escape the tidal wave of the Christmas sales. The book market, for instance, has high expectations for the fourth sale of Pierre Bergé's library…
It's time to tot up the seven-figure hammer figures… Let's start with the new session in the Aristophil sales ended with a total result of €8.8 M and no fewer than thirty-six preemptions.
Blockchain, machine learning, visual recognition, tokenisation, digital passports and cryptocurrency are all terms you need to master before entering the world of Czech businessman Roman Komarek and his New Art World.
Versailles is seeking to move away from its Bourbon-centric image to shed light on the transformations of the 19th century. But Louis-Philippe's role in colonial expansion remains a delicate issue.
France is devoting two major exhibitions to Bernar Venet: one covering his six-decade career at the MAC in Lyon and another focusing on his first conceptual years, at the MAMAC in Nice.
A chance to take stock of his market: a rising curve.
The Société des Amis du Louvre has made a splendid catch in buying six chairs by Michel Cresson from the Steinitz Gallery in Paris, meaning that one of the most important furniture ensembles of the mid-18th century is now complete.
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