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Sunny days are here again in Paris's museums. Already, the Musée du Louvre has been hosting the master of genre painting, Vermeer, since late February, while preparations are under way to celebrate two national stars of modernity, also in Paris: the Impressionist Camille Pissarro (at the Musée du Luxembourg from 16 March) and the sculptor Auguste Rodin: the Grand Palais is commemorating the centenary of his death in style, starting on 22 March. While awaiting this flood of events (to be covered in our next issue), Paris is warming up with Drawing Week and its attendant shower of salons and exhibitions devoted to the medium. A downpour also announced in terms of fairs: the PAD in Paris, where art rubs shoulders with design; Paris Art Fair, taking a journey through Africa, and TEFAF, whose reputation knows no bounds, and has now expatriated itself to New York. This action-packed scene is reflected in the market, with the sale at Drouot of an "Eternal Spring" by Rodin in its original version: sheer heaven for collectors. And lastly, we say farewell to Yannis Kounellis. This major figure in Arte Povera, who has died at the age of 80, called for "the return of poetry by all means possible”. We'll do our best to follow his advice…
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Last year, the PAD celebrated its 20th birthday, and its London counterpart its 10th. This seasoned exhibition, comfortably established in the design fair landscape, shouldn’t disappoint its loyal visitors. While the London edition remains more international, France’s role in the history of art gives it a legitimate place in design and the decorative arts that no other country can compete with. Sixty-three galleries, mainly French, will be sharing the dedicated area in the Tuileries Garden in central Paris.
The regulars will all be there, including Chahan, Scremini, Jousse Entreprise, and Mermoz. Though François Laffanour's overbooked fair calendar forced him to retire from the proceedings this year, a dozen new exhibitors are now joining in, including heavyweights like Marcilhac, Mingei and Alexandre Biaggi, the jeweller Lorenz Baumer and Alexandre Frédéric:
a dealer specialising in modernist Brazilian furniture who started up only last year. Why exhibit at the PAD in Paris? Pierre Dumonteil, founder of the eponymous gallery, emphasises the flawless organisation of the exhibition directed by Patrick Perrin…
What's happening in salerooms in March? Bronzes, with Auguste Rodin and Diego Giacometti, will reign supreme alongside drawings, celebrated at Drouot with no less than Constantin Brancusi and Victor Hugo.
In addition, the Beatles will offer themselves up to the world in a personalised sale at l'Hôtel Drouot. Roll up!
A marble bust of Voltaire signed "Jean-Antoine Houdon", pre-empted by Château de Ferney-Voltaire at €156,250, makes eyes at a beautiful Athena (Pierre Bergé & Associés), and an equally charming "Bella" in majolica (Beaussant-Lefèvre). There were no sharp price rises. Instead, respectable results that benefit regions outside Paris…
Habit has now become tradition.
In March, under the influence of fairs devoted to the medium, Paris beats to the rhythm of drawing. Still in splendid form and popular with collectors and public alike,
it stars in a positive galaxy of events (fairs and exhibitions)
A foretaste of the programme with three major dates.
After China and South Korea, Paris Art Fair is turning the spotlight on Africa– the new darling of the market – for its 19th edition. Following the example of the Armory Show (New York), 1:54 (London) and the AKAA (Paris),
it is focussing on artists and galleries from the continent:
a trend echoed by range of events taking place simultaneously in the French capital – a kind of unofficial "African season"…
Whether at academic conferences or on Twitter (where he recently made an impassioned commentary on Donald Trump’s election), Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi is the voice of his country. An unobtrusive collector and philanthropist, this Emirati created the Barjeel Art Foundation in Sharjah in 2010.
A hundred of its works are on show at the Arab World Institute in Paris until July.
On 10 March, the heart of Maastricht will be beating steadily to the 30th edition of TEFAF, the world's finest art fair. In the peaceful capital of the Dutch province of Limbourg, those profitable meetings between international gallery owners, keen collectors and directors of leading museums will soon be starting up again: a feverish ballet timed to the last minute…
March 2017 Edition
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