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If anybody still needs convincing that the art market no longer has borders, recent news proves it. Take the example of the nearly 2.5-metre-long scroll fragment recounting Emperor Kangxi's inspection trip in southern China painted by Wang Hui, a famous Qing dynasty landscape artist. It was in a collection in southwest France for a good century before turning up at a Bordeaux auction in April, when it was sold to a Chinese buyer for €3,360,000, well above the €150,000/200,000 estimate. The other fragments are in Europe, Arizona and China. The other example, ironically, comes from Beijing, where, at an otherwise fairly conventional auction of stamps and bindings by China Guardian on 18 May, a fierce battle broke out for an imperialletter that was eventually sold for 3,047,500 yuan (€382,006). However, the letter bore not the refined handwriting of some Chinese emperor, but the rhythmic, very slanted and slightly authoritarian style of Napoleon Bonaparte, who had addressed it to his son Eugene: one of the all too-few charms of globalisation!

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Paris sales are in full swing this June, with pride of place going to Asian art with the second part of the Strycker collection dedicated to Chinese porcelain, as well as to modern painting lead by Cezanne, Vuillard… as well as to objets d’art from the 18th century dominated by the candelabras from the Seligmann collection, not to mention photography, one of the month’s specialities.


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Chinese art and bibliophiles dominated the French auction results, whilst modern and contemporary painting excelled in New York and jewellery sales shone in Geneva.



"Dynamo" is the ambitious exhibition focusing on the optical and kinetic arts, in the Grand Palais of Paris, until 22 July.



Saint-Paul de Vence, 1984. We are greeted by a man with a merry look in his eye. His retrospective at Beaubourg is opening the next day. His name? Marc Chagall.



Six countries have already hosted it; London and New York includes. Meanwhile, Paris is the current stopover for the exhibition celebrating Brasilia's half a century of history. And if ever a venue were tailor-made for the event, it is the headquarters of the French Communist Party: a gift from Oscar Niemeyer. This astonishing building (built in 1970 with an addition in 1980) of 20,000 sq. m., divided between six floors, was the first built by the Brazilian architect outside his native country. Oscar Niemeyer designed it in three days...



Swiss businessman Jean-Claude Gandur is offering Geneva's Musée d’Art et d’Histoire the means to host his collections in an extension designed by Jean Nouvel.



Murano, 1920-1950, "Forge of the angels". These words, straight from the fertile imagination of Jean Cocteau, give a poetic image of this key point of reference in the art of glassmaking. We take a look...



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