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The 25th Paris Biennale, Rich in Discoveries and Timeless Treasures
September 1, 2010  | 
The 25th Biennale des Antiquaires is set to be the major event of the international art market.

From the 15th until the 22nd of September, under the striking Grand Palais nave, 80 art dealers and 7 jewellers will present exceptional works of art to worldwide collectors.

Presided over by Herva Aaron and according to his wish, this 25th edition promises to be brilliant, representing the French and international art market as well as a new generation of art dealers.

A subtle and elegant decor
Created by the architect Patrick Bazanan from the Agence Decoral the scenography for the 2010 Biennale, conceived as a discrete and elegant showcase, is intended to highlight the works of art. A dark and covered entrance animated by 25 alcoves full of roses will guide the visitor towards a large central square from which a single wide alley will lead to the stands. Spacious entrances framed by arches and openings on all sides: all will be made to arouse the visitors' curiosity.

Numerous fountains, places for the visitor to rest, structures in vivid colours, slender bamboos and illuminations in the evening will lend the whole fair a particularly warm and serene atmosphere.

The stepping stone to the Biennale: tomorrow's exhibitors in the spotlight
The stepping stone to the Biennale is not only a way for the SNA to help the new generation but also a means to offer to the public a different taste and another vision of art and antique dealing. 25 objects in total have been selected, offered by French and foreign dealers (23 French, 1 Hungarian, 1 Spanish): 25 objects presented by tomorrow's exhibitors in homage to the 25th anniversary of the Biennale. Gathered together on the balcony of the Grand Palais, the works presented in the stepping stone section illustrate the many specialties of the art market: archaeology, Asian art, Islamic art, Pre-Colombian Art, Oceanic Art, books and manuscripts, 18th, 19th and 20th century furniture, heraldry, sculpture, old master and modern paintings, tapestry.

New exhibitors to be discovered and a strong foreign presence

Among the exhibitors selected by the Syndicat National des Antiquaires, 13 will be appearing for the first time at the Grand Palais. Among them, 6 are French: Alain Marcepoil, Dansk Mobel Kunst, Michel Giraud, Galerie Zlotowski, Galerie Tornabuoni, Galerie Marcilhac and Galerie J.C. Charbonnier. 5 of the new exhibitors come from abroad: Finch & Co, J.J. Lally & Co, Marlborough Gallery, Jason Jacques and Richard Nagy.

Two great jewellers will also be appearing for the first time in the ever spectacular jewellery section of the Biennale: Piaget and Louis Vuitton Malletier.

24 renowned foreign exhibitors will be present this year:
The United States will be particularly well represented by prestigious galleries, notably Marlborough Gallery and L&M Arts, dealers in modern art, the old master paintings and drawings specialist Adam Williams Fine Arts, the archaeology gallery J.J Lally & Co and the ceramic dealer Jason Jacques.

The most renowned British art dealers in the fields of old masters and modern paintings and drawings as well as sculpture will be present: Bernheimer Colnaghi, Richard Green, Richard Nagy, Stoppenbach & Delestre, Sladmore Gallery, Finch & Co with its famous cabinet of curiosities and Entwistle, specialist in tribal art.

Belgium is especially well represented this year with the return of Axel Vervoordt, famous for his inspired and eclectic decors. Bernard de Leye, a distinguished dealer in silver and objects of vertu, Yves Macaux for the 20th century decorative arts, Berko Fine Paintings specialised in paintings and drawings from the 19th and early 20th century, Antoine Lebel in ceramics, Veronique Bamps, who focuses on antique jewellery and Gisele Croes who will present a selection of Asian works of arts.

Visitors will also discover the Portuguese dealers Luis Alegria and Jorge Welsh, both specialised in ceramics.

And Italy will also be represented with the old master paintings and drawings galleries of Cesare Lampronti and Moretti.

Classic masterpieces from the pillars of the French art market

Since its creation in 1956, the Paris Biennale is also the most beautiful showcase for the French galleries, often in existence for several generations and that glorify French art, participating at many international art fairs. The major 18th century furniture galleries will be present: Didier Aaron & Cie, Gismondi, Kraemer & Cie, Francois Leage, Perrin Antiquaires, Steinitz as well as Michel-Guy Chadelaud. Also participating will be the foremost dealers in paintings and sculptures: de Bayser, Bellanger, Bere, Brame & Lorenceau, Pierre M. Dumonteil, Jacques Leegenhoek, La Presidence and Schmit. And the Galerie Vallois, a reference for 20th century decorative arts, will once again dazzle collectors with a stand perfectly illustrating the idea of excellence that the 25th Biennale wants to celebrate.

Paris at the time of the Biennale: the capital celebrates the arts To present Paris as the capital of the art market during the month of September 2010 was the SNA's (the National Society of Art Dealers) wish. Gathered together around this great event, Parisian museums and galleries will offer to the public a group of major exhibitions. Here are only a few: L'Heure, le feu, la lumiere, Bronzes from Garde-Meuble imperial et royal 1800-1870), Mobilier National-Galeries des Gobelins ; Mobi-Boom, The explosion of design in France (1945-1975), Musee des Arts Decoratifs ; and also The Congo River, Arts of Central Africa, Musee du Quai Branly. Also in the galleries, numerous exhibitions will be organised: Faberge and Imperial Russia (Galerie Didier Aaron & Cie), Exoticism and European art (Galerie Aveline), From illuminated manuscripts to sculpture in France at the end of the Middle -Ages (Galerie Bresset), Miro (Galerie Pierre Levy), Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann (Galerie Mathivet) as well as Modernity in progress (Galerie Anne-Sophie Duval).

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