The 29th edition of the Biennale des Antiquaires has opened to the public at the Grand Palais under new management, and made over with a new public image. The name has changed to La Biennale de Paris, reflecting the forward vision of organisers. And despite the connotations of its new name, from this year forward it will be an annual event.
Ninety-five exhibitors greeted VIPs at the Vernissage on Sunday. A third were foreign-based, and 74 percent returned from last year. Unique highlights include Galerie Meyer Oceanic Art, who this year presents a groundbreaking exhibition of ten Ewa sculptures from the caves of the Korewori in Papau New Guinea; Galerie Dumonteil, a dealer specialising in figurative sculptures featuring animals; Librairie Camille Sourget, dealers in rare and antique manuscripts; and two Horologists: F.P. Journe and DeWitt.
In addition to the dealers on hand, organisers have also staged a special, monumental exhibit of works from the Barbier-Muller collections. Featured in the two halls at either end of the Grand Palais, this exhibition brings into focus the collections of four generations of the Barbier-Mueller family. It includes everything from Samurai art from the collection of Gabriel Barbier-Mueller to contemporary works by painters such as Georges Baselitz from the collection of Thierry Barbier-Mueller.
Image caption: Galerie Meyer Oceanic Art's stand at La Biennale de Paris 2017. Image courtesy of Anthony Meyer.