Royal Treasures at Chateau Royal de Blois

To celebrate 500 years since the accession to the throne of François I, the favoured residence of the French court of the XVI century, the Chateau Royal de Blois is holding for the first time an exhibition entitled “Trésors royaux la bibliothèque de François 1er”, a collection of valuable books from François I’s library which has been running since July and will continue until 18 October 2015. Rarely displayed to the public, the books are accompanied by a selection of pieces of art also taken from the royal collections, including handwritten and printed books, ornate covers, engravings and drawings, coins, medals and objects of art. The exhibition has been recognized as something of national interest by the Minister of Culture, Fleur Pellerin and has been sponsored by Stéphane Bern. In partnership with the Bibliothèque nationale de France, events to come include two panel discussions; the first entitled “François Ier, nouveaux regards” (“New perspectives on François I”) will take place on Friday 9 October 2015 at 11am, and the second entitled “François Ier et les arts” (“François I and the arts”) will take place on Saturday 10 October at 4pm. There will also be two lectures given on Sunday 11 October concerning legend and François I and the source of the French royal collections. Hour-long guided tours of the exhibition also take place every Sunday at 11am by...

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Simon de Pury launches his platform online

The auctioneer Simon de Pury has launched his auction platform online, De Pury, in partnership with the Mallet Gallery and with the financial support of investor Klaus Hommels. Online, Simon de Pury intends to limit his costs and offer virtual catalogs, which should reduce commissions. On his platform, the auctioneer will take 15% for a work sold for up to $2 million, against 25% in face-sales. To promote sales from his online platform, he is also organising physical auction sales, in the strongholds of the art market such as London and New York – as with the sale of 400 lots from the Lambert Art Collection, including works of modern and contemporary art, antique furniture and art objects from the eighteenth and twentieth centuries. With prestigious experience – curator of the collection of Baron Thyssen, president of Sotheby’s Switzerland and Sotheby’s Europe, founder of Pury Luxembourg, auctioneer at Phillips de Pury & Company – Simon de Pury is considered by Pascale Cayla, director of the agency L’art en Direct, and Jérôme Sans, cofounder of the Palais de Tokyo, as a “rock star” of the art market, particularly because of his regular returns to the front of the...

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François Hollande wants to create a right of asylum for endangered works

On 17 November 2015, the French president François Hollande declared at the Unesco headquarters, in Paris, that he wishes to create a right of asylum for endangered works. During his speech to the delegates of the 195 states member of ONU at Unesco, François Hollande expressed the determination of France to be actively involved in the preservation of the heritage of humanity. With Jean-Luc Martinez, the director of the Louvre, to whom he asked for a set of concrete proposals on the day of the attack on the Bardo in Tunis, the President of the French Republic wishes to create a right of asylum for endangered works by destruction and the black market. François Hollande thus explains this organized looting: “The terrorist organization Daesh issues permits for excavations, levies taxes on works that will then feed into the global black market, passing through free ports that are havens for stolen goods and money laundering, including in Europe.” For Jean-Luc Martinez, we must create a special status for expatriate works for their safety, while waiting to be returned to their country of origin. In addition, the looting of unknown works must be anticipated and countered by an important work of documentation intended to preserve the memory of sites. These efforts would add to the already colossal measures in place: in Syria, for example, the director of antiquities Maamoun Abdulkarim, managed to protect thousands of objects, even in Palmyra, where 400 sculptures were evacuated before the arrival of...

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Kimsooja at the Centre Pompidou Metz for French-Korean Year

For French-Korean Year, the Centre Pompidou Metz, in the East of France, is currently presenting the installation To Breathe by artist Kimsooja at its Forum and Gallery 2. The show will finish on 4 January 2016. The work presented at the Centre Pompidou Metz is her continuity of creating an encounter with the public whose focus is a moment of active concentration, a revelation of one’s body in space and time. To Breathe seeks to be a continuation of the artist’s early meditation on painting, where the surface of the canvas is perceived as a mirror that warps identity, space and time. In 2006 the artist noted in an interview: “For me, making space means creating a different space, rather than making a new one. The space is always there in a certain form and fluidity, which can be transformed into a completely different substance.” Kimsooja, born in 1957, is a South Korean multi-disciplinary conceptual artist based in New York, Paris and Seoul. She has devoted her 30 yearlong carrier and participation in over 30 international biennales and triennials. She represented Korea for the 24th São Paulo Biennale in 1998 and the 55th Venice Biennale Korean Pavilion in...

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‘We are a museum without walls’ : Interview with Elizabeth Glassman

Elizabeth Glassman is the President and CEO of the Terra Foundation which was founded by Daniel J. Terra. He opened two museums to hold his collection of more than 700 works of 18th to 20th century American art. Glassman’s job is to encourage other countries to appreciate American art from this period. Although most of her focus is overseas, grants are still made to local Chicago organizations operating in this narrow focus area. AMA had the opportunity to meet with Elizabeth Glassman. Tell us about how your started out in the art world I came to Paris to study to be a diplomat. Then, when I was here, I thought I am never going to make peace in the world because everybody has their own ideas about their own country. I love art history so I moved to start studing at Ecole de Louvre then to the United States to study History of Art. My field is prints, photographs and drawings, therefore, after I graduated, I was a curator for many years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), and then at the Menil collection in Texas for Dominique de Menil which was an amazing experience. After business school, I became head of the Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico. When I completed those projects, which involved giving away all the assets of the foundation, her paintings etc and establishing her home as a studio to visit, I was asked to run the two museums that the Terra Foundation was running, one in Chicago and one in Giverny. It was decided that the foundation wanted to take a better look at how they were using their endowment to run the two museums and whether to continue to do that or whether to fulfil the foundations mission by...

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