In the springtime, I published a post giving a heads-up on a few things to expect in the fall. September has come, so I thought I’d publish an update (although I’m sure that out-of-towners who plan to attend need no reminders).
La Biennale Paris will take place as anticipated, from the 8th through the 16th of September. This is the 30th edition of the event formerly known as la Biennale des Antiquaires, happily now a yearly event (despite the misleading name). The Biennale never disappoints, and this year, under the artistic direction of Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, it is expected to be spectacular.
As in previous years, La Biennale will be held under the nave of the Grand Palais. Speaking of the nave, don’t miss the exhibition within the Biennale, “Napoléon Sous la Verrière” (literally translated, “Napoleon under the Glass Roof”), featuring pieces from the collection of Pierre-Jean Chalençon, a somewhat eccentric man and one of the most interesting collectors whom I’ve had the opportunity to meet, with a collection to match. Chalençon became impassioned by the Emperor as a young child and has been collecting Napoleonic memorabilia ever since
For many years, la Biennale has been an obligatory stop, and I’ve scheduled my visits to coincide with it. Before too long, however, I learned that no matter when I go, there is always something happening in Paris, either just before or just after my visit, that I will regret missing.
That’s Paris, after all. That’s just the way it is, and one of many reasons that the years spent there have been some of the happiest of my life.
The following week brings the latest edition of the grande dame of fashion events, when Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 opens. From 25 September through 3 October, next year’s style setters will take to the stage in various venues around the city.
In October, the Grand Palais will host another big art event of the season when FIAC! Paris opens on the 18th, running through the 21st. There will be 193 galleries represented at the Grand Palais, and events at other venues. Check the website for schedule and exact locations.
If you’re in Paris for any of these events, it’s also a great time to seize the opportunity to catch a few of the many exhibitions that will open in Autumn.
Now, a few words about SUBLIME, a new art event scheduled to be held concurrently with FIAC! Paris. When I first told you about SUBLIME, it had only recently been announced, and there was a lot of buzz about what sounded like an exciting addition to the Parisian art scene. In fact, it was one of the reasons I decided to go a few weeks later this year.
And then, nothing. After much digging, I finally learned that Christian Deydier‘s latest project has been postponed for a year. The reason given is that they were unable to find a site to hold the event.
Deydier, a renowned expert in Asian art, is the former president of the Syndicat National des Antiquaires, which is responsible for the Biennale. Rivalries can run deep and last long in the art market.
Image credits: La Biennale Paris; Christian Dior, Paris Fashion Week SS 2018; FIAC! Paris