“Salon du Dessin”

Fair play

There are plenty of art events on in Paris this March: five remarkable fairs and exhibitions a gogo. Everything you need to plan an enthralling itinerary, with stops dedicated to drawing, contemporary African art and design… Are you ready for a suite of springtime fairs? From 30 March to 2 April… It’s THE must event: Art Paris Art Fair, this year welcoming 139 galleries from 29 countries. Half of the exhibitors are from overseas, and the fair has attracted many new faces this year, with 50 % of the participants being new galleries. An unmissable gathering for the art world and the general public, this fair, held at the Grand Palais, allows visitors to discover what’s happening in the art world with an ever-savvy focus on overseas scenes. This year, its general curator, Guillaume Piens, is backed up by exhibition curator and cultural consultant Marie-Ann Yemsi (also to curate the next Bamako Encounters), who has helped to select top galleries from the African continent – including the Maghreb – and its diaspora, most of which are exhibiting for the first time in France at the event. Amongst the twenty or so galleries singled out for this African focus, a few come from very diverse horizons: Uganda is present via the Afriart Gallery from Kampala; there’s also Nigeria, with Art Twenty One based in Lagos; the Ivory Coast is represented by the Fondation Charles Donwahi from Abidjan; not forgetting South Africa, with Whatiftheworld Gallery from Cape Town. The October Gallery from London, representing El Anatsui in particular, and Parisian gallery Magnin-A, namely exhibiting Chéri Samba, present great classics in modern and contemporary African art. Also of note: the solo show accorded to South African artist Kendell Geers by Barcelona-based ADN Galeria. Emerging African creation is also represented by stands in...

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An impressive record for Salon du Dessin 2015

The 2015 edition of the Salon du Dessin took place from 25 until 30 March at Paris’ Palais Brogniart, presenting 1,200 drawings to 13,000 visitors of the salon. The salon experienced a renewal and steady attendance, while experts and curators from around the world welcomed the quality of traditional, modern, and contemporary works exhibited, and institutions themselves came to make acquisitions. A prosperous salon in renewal The 2015 edition reflects the stability of the salon with regard to its range, welcoming 39 exhibitors and the same number of visitors as in previous years. However, this did not inhibit the salon from renewing itself, since it welcomed seven new galleries such as Atkins and Marlborough, whose monographic hanging devoted to Zao Wou-Ki and Avigdor Arhika respectively, caught the eye of visitors. Many exhibitors also remarked on the attendance of new visitors. Sales proved successful since the opening night on 24 March, with Gallerie de Bayser selling 15 works, and Galerie Thessa Herold, a new exhibitor at the Salon du Dessin, selling Grausame Tiere (1926), a watercolour by Paul Klee, to a Belgian foundation. Two other sales were also concluded by the gallery, to the benefit of French private collectors. Furthermore, Jill Newhouse Gallery sold seven works to French and German collectors, while Nathalie Motte Masselink, in her second appearance at the drawing fair, sold ten drawings to German, French, and British visitors. Public institutions were also present at the Salon du Dessin 2015, represented by the French and international curators Xavier Salmon of the Louvre; Hugo Chapman of the British Museum; Nadine Orenstein and Perrin Stein of the MET, New York; John Marciari of Morgan Pierpont Library, also in New York; Suzanne McCulagh of the Chicago Art Institute; Andrew Robison and Margaret Morgan Grasselli of the National Gallery of Art in Washington; Diederik Backhuys of the Musée de Rouen; Jonas...

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“We want our collection to be kept together”: an interview with Daniel and Florence Guerlain

The collectors Daniel and Florence Guerlain established their foundation, which started off as an exhibition space in the family home of the Mesnuls (Yvelines) from 1996 to 2004, before focusing on organising the Prix du Dessin Contemporain from 2007. On 26 March last year, the 2015 Prize was awarded at the Salon du Dessin to the Danish artist Jackum Nordström. AMA was lucky enough to talk to the Guerlains to ask about their work. You are collectors who are very interested in the art world both in France and abroad, and you participate in all sectors. Could you start by telling us about your career and your passion for art? Daniel Guerlain: The more we move forward, the more we do. My career began when I met Florence. We were both art enthusiasts. We collected works until we sold Guerlain (to the LVMH Group in 1994). Then in 1996, we established this foundation, organising 25 exhibitions, and conferences in total. Eventually it became clear that all of this was very expensive, so we stopped these public activities in 2004. Florence Guerlain: We returned to the public scene when we announced the Prix du Dessin Contemporain in 2006 at the Jeu de Paume. But we’ve only awarded it since 2009: twice at Art Paris, and then at the Salon du Dessin where we were asked to exhibit our collection. We have been doing so ever since. Your prize, as its name indicates, concerns itself with contemporary drawing. Have you ever thought about focusing on this in particular, like at Drawing Now? Daniel Guerlain: No, not especially. I think that the Salon du Dessin is less commercial. Florence Guerlain: Curators come to the Salon du Dessin from all over the world, it’s a really important event. Drawing Now is a little more modest. Anyway, we are doing very well at the Salon...

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Nominations for the 2015 Prix du dessin announced

At the Petits-Augustins chapel in the École national des beaux-arts in Paris, the three artists selected for the 2015 ‘Prix de dessin de la Fondation d’Art Contemporain Daniel et Florence Guerlain’, were announced on 10 December. Tomma Abdts from Germany, Jockum Nordstörm from Sweden and Pavel Pepperstein from Russia were the three nominees for the prize, which will be awarded on 26 March 2015 during the Salon du Dessin. The works of the three artists will be on display to the public during this event, which will take place from 26 until 30 March 2015 at Paris’ Palais de la Bourse. At the Salon du Dessin, which will take place in the Palais de la Bourse (also known as Palais Brongniart) 39 international galleries will display their most important drawings, displaying a large range of ancient, modern and contemporary...

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Salon du Dessin, Paris

The Salon du Dessin is to open at the Palais Brongniart in Paris from 25 to 30 March 2015. The 24th edition of this internationally-renowned fair will be directed by Louis Bayser. The event will be attended by numerous collectors, experts, curators and enthusiasts from all over the world. The exhibition caters to all tastes and interests, representing 39 prestigious galleries, and displaying old as well as modern and contemporary drawings. Old, modern and contemporary artists, both famous as well as lesser known, will have their work on display for six days. Attendees will therefore have access to more than 1,000 drawings, which will be exhibited in the historic Palais Brongniard. The first edition of the Salon du Dessin, which was held in 1991, was held at the Georges V hotel in Paris, and the work of 17 artists was...

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