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June rounds off a half-year positively glowing with bids, confirming collectors' passion for beautiful things throughout the world. We might note that while this partiality has no frontiers, or even any limits as to price, it can also (often?) conceal reasons quite different from the pure love of art... But let's not sully our pleasure with commercial considerations. And let's savour all those bids of over a million achieved by numerous specialities - headed by Chinese art and contemporary painting - from Paris to the West Coast of America, and view these successes as the sign of a healthy economy… Or perhaps not.
.Content - Number 27
Utopia and black magic. Before the colourful new photography centre opens, Les Rencontres photographiques features black and white with Arles in Black. From 1 July to 22 September. To discover the Works of Jacques Henri Lartigue, John Davies, Giuseppe Penone, Guy Bourdin...
With the arrival of summer, the sale calendar takes a break, except in seaside holiday resorts and especially Monte-Carlo, where the holidays herald an abundance of jewellery (by David Webb, Patek-Philippe, Van Cleef & Arpels…) and painting sales including works of Hélion, Sam Francis...
The Paris Spring sales registered some tremendous bids across numerous specialities. Asia led the way, and for once Japanese art beat the Middle Kingdom, thanks to the Mazarin chest, purchased by the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Egyptian archaeology also created a sensation, as did mediaeval and Renaissance art, collectible cars and modern and contemporary art, dominated by Cézanne, Picasso and de Staël.
When Chinese artists awakened to the West. By opening up dialogue, they became cultural intermediaries whose experience had repercussions on a whole generation. Thier names ? Zao Wou-ki, Chu Teh-chun, Sanyu, Xu Beihong...
As a preview, here is a selection of the best pieces chosen for the next international tribal arts show, which as every year will be held in Paris in September. In just under a week, Paris, the uncontested capital of the tribal art, packs all the top professionals and collectors into the historic Saint-Germain-des-Près district.This year, the Donald Ellis gallery from America will be swelling the ranks of the Parcours team.
Marlene and Spencer Hays have chosen the Musée d’Orsay to showcase their collection, which recounts 50 years of "French passion". The American couple's collection conforms to what they enjoy in life: the happiness and aesthetics the Nabis sought to capture in harmonious scenes of friends or family gathered around a meal or in the verdant groves of a garden...
The re-opening of the Rijksmuseum. Inaugurated with great pomp on 13 April by Queen Beatrix after work lasting ten years, the Rijksmuseum has undergone some major renovations, which have changed the very spirit of both the exhibition space and the presentation of the collection.
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