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Christie’s appoints new European Head of African and Oceanic Art

Bruno Claessens Christie's European head of African and Oceanic Art


ME !

So now you know why it was so quiet on the blog in February 🙂 The blog will remain online, but for now my first priority is to create a great June sale that is worthy of your attention. In the meantime brace yourself for our May sale in NY (of which we have a preview in Paris from 14-17 March) – it’s going to be spectacular!

The official press release:

Paris – Christie’s is pleased to announce that Bruno Claessens has joined the auction house as European Head of the African and Oceanic Art department.

Based in Paris, with a presence in Brussels, Bruno will work closely with International Head of Department Susan Kloman and International Consultant Pierre Amrouche. Bruno Claessens’s appointment will further enhance the department, supporting its reach and continuing the high level of our sales in Paris.

Bruno grew up in Antwerp, Belgium, and has always been passionate about this field. He worked with the prestigious Yale University-Van Rijn Archives for African Art as a researcher. He has since published extensively on the subject of African art and served as an independent advisor, writer and researcher to collectors and dealers. His forthcoming book: “Baule Monkeys” will be published by Fonds Mercator, Belgium, this year.

Bruno is best known for his African art blog, which was the most successful and widely read site on the subject. The site has been revered for his insightful comments on the market and weekly updates on current events and historical topics in this dynamic field.  🙂

The continued growth of the African and Oceanic Art category holds many opportunities for Christie’s, as many important collectors around the world consider this field integral to their endeavors, particularly those in the historic cross-over categories of Post-War and Contemporary and Impressionist and Modern Art departments. The twice-yearly sales in Paris are a cornerstone of Christie’s auction offering in France.

During the TEFAF art fair, the department is pleased to be exhibiting a selection of high quality works in Paris, which will be offered for sale in New York on May 12th.

See you in Paris !