Biennale des Antiquaires: change of course

For nine short days, the Biennale des Antiquaires transforms the Grand Palais into the world’s most beautiful museum.

For more than 28 years, this unbeatable international art fair has captured the dreams of the entire world with its gold and diamonds, furniture, paintings, objects, and museum-standard drawings. This year is set to be disappointing for jewelers, once the precious gem in the event’s crown, and for jewelry enthusiasts, collectors and admirers, who used to come and marvel at the wonders on show. Why? Because the Biennale’s ultra-glamorous gems and star jewels are a thing of the past. Its president, Dominique Chevalier, decided that they took up too much room, leaving too little for the antique dealers who are the heart and soul of the event. Although they still enjoy 700 sq.m. of exhibition space, many jewelers have decided to give it a miss. Only four jewelers, rather than fourteen, will be in attendance: de Grisogono of Geneva and its spectacular ring collection, including one with 387 white diamonds, Cindy Chao from Hong Kong and her masterpieces, Nirav Modi of Delhi and Boghossian Jewels of London and Brussels. One hundred and twenty antique dealers from twelve countries will display their marvels at the Grand Palais in a spectacular setting by Nathalie Crinière. Another small spanner in the works: the detention of gallery owner Didier Aaron and chair expert Bill Pallot have shaken the sector. Several major dealers have decided to steer clear of the show this year, along with the primary arts dealers, and the event’s leading lights and initiators.


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So who will be there? The Templon gallery will be organizing an extraordinary stand with works created in 1966. Landau Fine Art from Montreal will be revealing masterworks by Dubuffet, Kandinsky, Modigliani, Moore and Picasso. The Amells gallery in Stockholm is showcasing the work of Carl Larsson, while Chevalier, Chastel Marechal, Doria, Downtown, Gismondi, Mermoz and Gastou are all still planning to attend. Let’s hope the new selection, which includes the Pellat de Villedon gallery from Versailles, will be a breath of fresh air for the show. Three exhibitions by the Hermitage Museum (presenting thirty-five leading works from its collection of 18th century French art), the Mobilier National (providing an insight into sixteen pieces retracing a century of furniture, and design from 1943 to 2016) and the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (inviting visitors to conquer time through one hundred historic pieces) are set to capture the public’s attention. For 28 years, the Biennale des Antiquaires has inspired the world to dream during this nine-day event. Let’s hope it continues to do so.

By Anne Kerner. Photos : Grand Palais : DR / Statue : Galerie Chenel / Meuble : Marie Clérin pour Laffanour Galerie Downtown/Paris - Published the

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