Paris Biennale des Antiquaires becomes a yearly event

Image courtesy of Didier Claes.

Image courtesy of Didier Claes.

Interesting news from Paris: the prestigious Biennale des Antiquaires will now be held annually in the Grand Palais after members of the Syndicat National des Antiquaires (SNA, the French association of antiques dealers) voted for the move. The SNA runs the historic jewellery, art and antiques fair, which launched in 1962 as a biennial event. “There was a power struggle [in the SNA] between two groups: one that wanted the biennial to take place annually and another that wanted it to stay as a biennial event,” Christian Deydier, the former president of the SNA, told The Art Newspaper (here). A SNA spokeswoman said that the name of the fair would not be changing for now – which is surprising since ‘biennale’ means as much as ‘every other year’ 🙂

The 28th edition of the “yearly biennale”, scheduled to open in September 2016, as always will coincide with Parcours des Mondes. Last year, two members were showing African art: Bernard Dulon & Didier Claes, while Bernard de Grunne was showing a small selection at Dominique Levy.