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The 20th Salon du Dessin
March 12, 2012  | 
A leader in its field, the Salon du Dessin was created in 1991 by a group of art dealers. Every year it attracts the most important collectors from France and abroad, as well as museum curators from all over the world. Now in its 20th year, the Salon du Dessin has made Paris the capital of drawings and the fair, held in the Palais de la Bourse, is at its centre. Carefully chosen from among the most serious and renowned in the field, the participating galleries present a selection of drawings by old masters and modern and contemporary artists that are impatiently awaited by all lovers of works on paper.

Numerous generalist art fairs were created about thirty years ago. One of their objectives was to counteract the rising power of the auction houses. Today, while these fairs are often losing their dynamism, the fairs that are specialised, like the Salon du Dessin, which is recognised as the best specialised art fair in the world, are still going strong. In this fair dedicated to a specialty as demanding
as drawing, collectors feel guided, reassured and advised in a field where expertise is as difficult as it is essential. As such, the Salon du
Dessin is a precursor.

A true driving force for the art market, like the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris and Tefaf in Maastricht, this international event brings together buyers as well as scholars. The Salon du Dessin is not only a major event for the art market, it is also a place where discoveries are made and history of art advances. Experts, curators, scholars and art lovers meet, exchange their knowledge and have the opportunity to discover more than 1,000 drawings from the Renaissance to today.

Chairman of the Salon du Dessin since 1998, Hervé Aaron is delighted to celebrate its 20th anniversary: "Few art fairs have survived for so many years and we are proud to continue to face this challenge with you. Our fair has become an unparalleled event for all drawing lovers. Highly specialised, it is now an essential part of the Paris art market, as well as the international market. In order to attract new collectors the Salon must be a welcoming fair where visitors can, in an atmosphere conducive to buying, discover a selection of drawings of high quality and prestige - in other words, a reflection of our savoir-faire. In the context of an ever more competitive art market, we have decided to modernise the visual identity of the Salon du Dessin in changing its graphic designer. Michal Batory, whose work will be
exhibited at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs next January, chose to represent the hand of a draughtsman caught in a moment of reflexion, a moment pursued by the eye of the visitor at the fair."

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