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Reconciliation and Resistance

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Reconciliation and Resistance

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Reconciliation and Resistance

written by Valerie Reinhold & Rania Tabbara

A version of this article appeared in print in Selections, The Collectors Issue #38, pages 98-99.

Two of the three curators behind ART IN MOTION’s first public exhibition, Resistance and Persistence, discuss building bridges between Europe and the Middle East, and the role of art as a unifying force.


Marwan Rechmaoui. Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Courtesy of the artist

This October, 24 Lebanese and international artists are set to transform Beirut’s Sanayeh Garden into an artistic spectacle the likes of which the city has never seen. Sculptures, installations, videos, conceptual art, design and performances will be choreographed within the theme Resistance and Persistence with the joint aims of reconciling a painful past and a chaotic present through art and identifying new points of reference in our turbulent times. This public exhibition marks the first project launched by ART IN MOTION, a non-profit organisation co-founded by Rania Tabbara and Rania Halawi, Lebanese art-world personalities.

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Dome Atelier Yok Yok. 12m diameter paper and wood. Courtesy of atelier Yok Yok

Two of the exhibition’s three curators, Valerie Reinhold and Rania Tabbara, cross-interviewed each other exclusively for Selections.

Valerie Reinhold: Rania, how was ART IN MOTION born?

Rania Tabbara: Rania Halawi and I share a common vision about contemporary art and its critical role in our societies to raise awareness and create a cohesive force. We believe that art should not be a privilege given to a certain category of people who can afford it. It should be a right accessible to everyone.

That’s why, through various art events, exhibitions and performances, ART IN MOTION makes it possible to pave the way for exchange and encounters between people from various backgrounds and to strengthen the dialogue between Lebanon and the region.

VR: The goals are very ambitious!

RT: Indeed, Rania Halawi and I want to give Beirut what it deserves — to let it revive and shine through contemporary art and culture. Call us persistent! We are fortunate to have a great team, including Lina Ghotmeh and Sylvia Beder, and amazing sponsors like Banque du Liban, MTV, BB Energy, Université Antonine and private donors: they believe in us and in the importance of this project on a social, artistic and cultural level.

VR: Resistance and Persistence: why did you choose this theme?

RT: First of all, the theme relates to Sanayeh Garden itself. It was built following a plan for the modernisation of the city and turned the area into a new urban development centre in the 19th century. Adjacent to the garden, a school of arts and crafts and a hospital were built. Sanayeh means “creation” or “craft.” The garden, the hospital and school were celebrated as a triumph of man over nature.

After the attack that took the life of President René Moawad in November 1989, the authorities wanted to honour him and decided to give his name to Sanayeh Garden. In recent decades, the garden has become a symbol of resistance and solidarity. In 2014, after two years of renovation by the Azadea Foundation, a non-profit organisation, Sanayeh Garden reopened; trees were replanted, flowers blossomed, ideas began to circulate again. It regained its initial function as a forum of dialogue and communication.

I also chose this place to honour my dad, Ahmad Tabbara, who gave all kinds of support to this garden throughout his life. I decided to give back to him, but to do it my way, through art.

Marwan Rechmaoui

Ziad Antar. Cactus Cactus and mixed media. Courtesy of the artist

VR: You also told me about a song —

RT: You may laugh, but I was also inspired by a song by France Gall called Resist. This song is about life. It tells me that life is mainly about joy, continuity and persistence, without always showing the pain.

VR: Is that the quality you were looking for in the artists you invited?

RT: Yes, I guess so, in a way. Some choices were obvious, like Ziad Antar and Marwan Rechmaoui: their body of work is all about our theme and they are also key Lebanese artists on the international art scene. Mustafa Ali investigates the fragility of mankind and Houmam Al Sayed speaks about revolt. Lutfi Ruhmein brings a positive energy to the exhibition and Chaouki Choukini a degree of spirituality.

We also selected other works from prominent and upcoming MENA artists to show different generations of artists whose works investigate the theme in a very complementary way.

It was also important to have artists from the whole region to outline the diversity and richness of our culture. We are very grateful to have this amazing artistic network here in Beirut, such as Ghiath Machnok, Agial Gallery and Galerie Tanit, who willingly lent us works from many of the artists we were very keen on having!

RT: How did you select the artists from Europe?

VR: The reason you and Rania Halawi invited me as the co-curator was to engage in a dialogue between European artists and MENA artists, as well as visitors, with one rule: the artworks would have to be produced in Lebanon. I selected artists whose investigations are complementary and who work with very different media.

Cathy Weyders talks about survival, and to some extent about the issue of displacement. Yok Yok incorporates news in their work and manages to merge different cultures so that the most delicate shelter lures us and creates a safe haven. Karine Debouzie explores the relationship between humans and their environment, and the tensions, the resistance and the persistence of both. Ada Yu confronts us with ourselves in her delirious installations, where the only way out seems to be the way up: peace of mind, despite a chaotic world. Vika Kova’s video installation pays tribute to Lebanese women. Hanaa Malallah counts as British, but tough — she is also a MENA artist: she talks about the relationship between neoliberal capitalism, consumption and waste production, referencing Beirut’s recent environmental and public health crisis. All of the artists’ works seemed to relate to an aspect of the theme Resistance and Persistence.

This year, we are very proud to have the support of one of Lebanon’s most prominent collectors, Samir Abillama, who kindly lent us works by Xavier Veilhan, Thomas Houseago and Xander Spronken. This adds, in my opinion, another dimension and level to the exhibition. It would have been impossible for them to produce work specifically for the exhibition, so the rule didn’t apply.

VR: What is the expected outcome and impact of the exhibition?

RT: I think that this first exhibition, accessible to all, will be a true surprise, and that people will see and accept that there is a change in motion in our city. The exhibition is not only about reuniting different societies and cultures; it is also about individuals questioning and integrating their beliefs in this complex socio-economical region, so as to be able to have dialogue and understanding. I believe that this is an important step, and such established and emerging artists are able to give us a platform from which we can move forward and establish art as a universal and unifying language.

VR: I really hope the project will foster exchange and dialogue between the participants and the public. I think that the scenography by Lina Ghotmeh will increase the interaction between the public and the artworks and trigger discussions, questions and debates.

The whole project has been an eye-opener for me, about Lebanese and MENA culture and the transformation of societies, as well as the incredible diversity of the region. I have also learnt so much about the local history, mentalities and customs. I expect European artists to learn as much and come back home as messengers: it is time Europe learns more about the MENA region!

VR: How do you see ART IN MOTION in 10 years?

RT: We know that ART IN MOTION will act as a changing force, be it artistic, individual, social or political. It will create a movement that will raise awareness of connectivity between all people. We believe in the power of art to make this world a better place.

VR: I see ART IN MOTION as a driving force to promote art to a broad audience, and MENA culture abroad. It is as much social as artistic, and that’s what makes it so important. We need more initiatives of this kind in the world.

ART IN MOTION’s first public exhibition, Resistance and Persistence, will be on show at René Moawad Garden in Sanayeh from October 5 to 24.

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UNSEEN, the photo fair with a festival flair

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UNSEEN photography fair Amsterdam From 18 to 21 September 2014 in Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek. 


Unseen, Amsterdam’s international photography fair and festival, returns for the 3rd edition, with a focus on never before seen work, and an extensive festival programme celebrating photography in all its forms. Unseen is an international photography fair that provides new photography the platform it deserves. It brings together galleries that focus on new developments, young talent and known photographers with new works.

Located in a former gasworks, Unseen photo fair brings together more than 50 galleries presenting new photography. This year’s edition promises to be especially exiting as Unseen presents more than 60 world premieres of photographic works that have never be seen before.

Unseen is the photography fair for new discoveries, new talent and hidden treasures. With a programme designed to challenge, inspire and excite, the fair aims to create an atmosphere in which today’s visitors and tomorrow’s collectors feel at home. Unseen is the ultimate international platform through which we advance the exploration and encourage the discovery of the yet undetected photographer or work. It is a platform upon which we expose young talent and share it with the world and a platform from which this talent can spring.

To see the full programme, please click here.

Tickets can be purchased online following the link above.Find out more about the successful second edition of Unseen in this video.” Unseen is a joint venture between Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, office for business development in the arts Platform A, and Vandejong Creative Agency.

Where: Westergasfabriek Amsterdam West
When: September 18 to 21 2014
Tickets: € 19,50

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Batia Suter

PS Projectspace – celebrating 15 years of support to international artists

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PS 1999 – 2014

A 15 year anniversary exhibition

On Saturday, June 28th, the group exhibition PS 1999 – 2014 opened at deSERVICEGARAGE and on Sunday, June 29th, at PS projectspace (Amsterdam). The exhibition shows the work of  international artists with whom PS projectspace has worked over the last 15 years. 

PS stands for Post Scriptum, Project Space, Public Space and Private Space. In January 1999 PS Projectspace was started in the living room of artist and founder Jan van der Ploeg. After more than 12 years of organizing exhibitions at home, the projectspace moved in 2011 to Madurastraat 72, in Amsterdam-East.

The past 15 years PS provides a platform for the works of upcoming international artists in an environment halfway point between  the conventions of an artist-run space and a commercial gallery. The aim of PS is to add another formula to the already existing ways of presenting art.

At deSERVICEGARAGE, works by Frank Ammerlaan (NL), Michiel Ceulers (BE), Nicolas Chardon (FR), Julian Dashper (NZ), Michelle Grabner (U.S.), Terry Haggerty (UK), Brad Killam (U.S.), Konsortium (Lars Breuer, Guido Münch and Sebastian Freytag) (DE), Marius Lut (NL), Gerold Miller (DE), Han Schuil (NL), Riette Wanders (NL), Gerwald Rochenschaub (AT), Beat Zoderer (CH) will be shown. The exhibition also includes work by Rohan Wealleans (NZ) and Ruth Campau (DK) which is created especially for the space of deSERVICEGARAGE.

In PS projectspace work by Justin Andrews (AU), Tim Ayres (UK), Karina Bisch (FR), Ronald de Bloeme (NL), Piet Dieleman (NL), Alejandro Garcia Contreras (MEX), Daniël Gottin (CH), Paul Morrison (UK), Olivier Mosset (CH), Victoria Munro (U.S.), John Nixon (AU), Shannon Marie (NZ), DJ Simpson (UK), Michal Skoda (CZ), Tilman (DE) and Nadim Vardag (DE) will be on view. 

deSERVICEGARAGEOpen from 28 June until 13 July

PS projectspaceOpen from 29 June until 31 August


Otobong Nkanga at 14 rooms, Basel 2014

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Hans Ulrich Obrist and Klaus Biesenbach were asked to curate a performance show during Art Basel. in collaboration with Fondation Beyeler, Art Basel and Theater Basel. They invited 14 international artists to explore the concepts of space, time, physicality and their relationships, through one material: the human being. Visitors were engaged in experiences through the works of artists like Marina Abramović, Tino Sehgal, Damien Hirst, Yoko Ono and Otobong Nkanga.

© Otobong Nkanga – Diaspore 2014

Nigerian artist Otobong Nkanga was asked to make a performance titled “Diaspore” for the show. It consists of one to seven women carrying the plant cestrum nocturnum -also known as queen of the night- on their head. A drawing on the floor ressembles a topographical map where the women walk carefully, as if wandering through different territories.

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© Otobong Nkanga – Diaspore 2014, © Fondation Beyeler

In this performance, visitors are struck by a few elements: the relationship between the body and the plant, the fragile equilibrium between the two, the relationship between the performers and the intricacy of their moves. Why Diaspore? the performance is about dia-spore, the double and the seed. It is about displacement and finding a place for themselves. Diaspore is like a seed broken into two that pursues its journey elsewhere. Moving somewhere else is a negotiation with other people, the land, the climate. The floor is like an aerial view of the land where we don’t know who lives there but also for visitors to feel like they enter in a marked territory from someone else. Performers also use it to move around. The artist adresses politics with a lot of poetry in this piece.

Otobong Nkanga questions ideas around the land and the values connected to natural resources. In her earlier works, mainly photographies, Otobong Nkanga documented abandoned and ruined spaces. Her practise slowly incorporated other spaces – Europe, her personal story as well as the “others”-. Through a large variety of media -installations, performances, etc- she now confronts us with the complexity of the personal in relation to universal issues of our society and environment.

Otobong Nkanga (1974) is a visual and performing artist from Nigeria. After studying at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris, at Dasarts and a residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, she quickly gained fame and was exhibited widely internationally. She currently lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. 

Written for IAM Africa – The Intense Art Magazine

Survival guide to Basel Art Fairs 2014!

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Art Basel is the the most prestigious international art fair and the biggest ephemeral museum worldwide: this must-see contemporary art event will open its doors from June 16. During one week, many (many!) visitors will invade Basel, looking for the best, the most impressive, exciting, uplifting, mind-blowing artworks.

Art Basel alone will host 300 galleries; Scope Basel, will welcome more than 75 international exhibitors; about 70 exhibitors from 6 continents will converge at Volta Art Fair; 80 galleries (from 30 different countries) will participate to LISTE. Design Miami/ Basel will exhibit 50 galleries, and The Solo Project 35 galleries.

You will have more than 600 galleries to visit along with 70,000 other visitors… How will you make it?

1. Be fully equipped

We highly recommend you to be fit as a fiddle! To be well equipped and well suited for Basel, redprint:dna recommends you to buy the pair of sneakers you have your eyes on for so long.  You will walk an approximation of 30km a day, so these confortable sneakers might become the most valuable belonging of your trip. Don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated!

If you survive Basel Art Fairs, consider enrolling to the next New York Marathon.

2. Do some research

Prepare your visit to maximize your chances to spot great art. Browse the fairs’ websites, have a look at the gallery lists, and check what they exhibit on forehand. You won’t have time to see everything, so you should consider making a selection of what you want to see. Of course, you will recognize the art advisors walking around the fairs with their lists: just follow them if you didn’t have time to do your homework!

3. Be considerate

If you consider buying something, take your time, don’t feel pressured. You should always know and feel comfortable with what you’re buying, and if you’re not: call us!

You can find more information on the following websites:

Basel map: clic here for a free City Guide App.

My – Basel

Art Fairs:

Art Basel: June 19 – 22, 2014

Scope Basel: 17 June – 22 June 201

Volta – Art Fair: 16 June – 21 June

LISTE: 17 June – 22 June

Design Miami/ Basel: 17 – 22 June

The Solo Project: June 18-22


Faig Ahmed, Carpet Equalizer (2012)

Faig Ahmed, Carpet Equalizer (2012)

Damien Hirst, Marian, Julian (1992)

Damien Hirst, Marian, Julian (1992) – performance consisting of a rotating cast of identical twins sitting below two of Hirst’s identical dot paintings


Creativity, innovation and design with Marcel Wanders

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We were very proud to organise a bespoke and beautiful event for NIKE, at the Stedelijk museum, in Amsterdam. We investigated some concepts key to Marcel Wanders’ work. We were very happy to work with state of the art caterers, florists and guides, to infuse the key ideas in every aspect of the event and make it a total experience.

We discussed, among others, how the designer came up with forward-thinking ideas but also pushed the use of innovative materials in design, through various collaborations, like with the Delft University, for the Knotted Chair (1996).





The catering company played along and every dish was inspired by design and Marcel Wanders, be it in the shapes, colours or innovation.

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We had an inspirational evening in one of the most beautiful places in Amsterdam and guests left very late but loaded with energy and ideas!

© Marcel Wanders, The Stedelijk Museum, redprint:dna

Jaap Scheeren – The space between us at Felix&Foam

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Jaap Scheeren’s work is featured in the exhibition “the space between Us”. At Felix Meritis.

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Here is the interview we had with him a year ago.

Jaap (34) welcomed me in his Amsterdam atelier, last year, with a strong cup of coffee, wondering, like me, why we had agreed on an early meeting, the day after his birthday…

My first (early morning) question to Jaap was as follows: is humor always part of your work? To which Jaap replied that it was his own way to deal with difficult questions. Not everything is a joke but take it lightly at first and then you can deal with it.. Or in his case translate these questions into art. I discovered Jaap with his latest work, “I am here.. but why”.

The series of 9 photos (of which 5 are shown at Flatland) picture him in various landscapes with boards, each photo relating to the next one. Jaap started the work like a poem and the poem was put into space. In the first photo, he is in a tree with an oversized board, making it at first beautiful and funny but then making us wonder.. Why is he there? And why are we?


Exhibition “the space between us”, felix&foam

The series starts like that: I am here but why? I could be there There doing what? Being there I am there but why? … while Jaap is fading in the image.

'I am here but why' 2012, Jaap Scheeren



Upon graduation in 2003, Jaap won the Unique Photography prize for his collaborative work with Anouk Kruithof, the black hole. The book that was published out of it gathers all the meanings of it, from literal to psychological. The attention to details is remarkable in the pictures but also in the set up of the book where every other double page is black.. or almost, as the reader will discover an image echoing others..

Jaap also showed me his dearest work, Oma Toos, of which he made a book with his images and letters written by his grand mother. The result is full of humour but also reflects upon her reality and his unique view on it. Another interesting project, Fake Flowers in Full Colour, also published later as a book, investigated the idea of representation and how “true” our perception of truth is: Jaap and graphic designer Hans Gremmen started out with 5 bouquets of fake flowers. They took a picture of the first one and painted the rest white to start with. They used the first bouquet to separate the colours and painted four monochrome fake bouquets, one for each colour used when printing: cyan, magenta, yellow and black. In theory the four together should be same image as they started with. Or not? And why use a fake bouquet to illustrate the investigation about representation of reality? I would advise you to check for yourself…



Jaap made another series in 2013, with the idea behind:

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The consistent line, would one look for it, is Jaap’s capacity to show us the world in a witty, absurd, uncanny and ultimately serious way. Some artists are blessed like that. Time ran out and Jaap’s body of work is already too consequent and varied to address in such a short time! So far more awake and the eyes wide open on new realities, I left Jaap thinking how much his personality is in tune with his work: fun, warm and yet looking for existential answers.

“The world is not ruled by order or logic. As an artist, I am to show the dormant underworld beneath the varnish of everyday reality.” Jaap Scheeren

Photos ©Jaap Sheeren, Hans Gremmen, Flatland gallery

“The space between us”, Felix Meritis, Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam

“The space between us”: an investigation of body representation and the notion of “Self”

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The Space Between Us - view of Paul Kooiker's photographThe Space Between Us – view of Paul Kooiker’s photograph

Amsterdam is a buzzing center for the arts and one of its jewels is definitely Felix Meritis. The independent arts and science center was founded in 1788with the aim to promote art, philosophy, science and culture, all so important in our everyday life. Their programmation and wells as international cooperations and wide range of topics makes it a very interesting place to visit.

Felix &Foam is the newest initiative of Foam in collaboration with Frame and pop-up restaurant Foyer, in the imposing Felix Meritis building in Amsterdam: Foam  will contribute to the cultural program of the cultural center for the coming six months.

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The first exhibition ‘The Space Between Us‘ (until June 22), explores the meanings, values and representations of the human body, according to  contemporary Dutch photographers.  In their own ways, they  portray the human body. It is rather playful, ironic and funny but still adresses major challenges about the body, its objectification, the relationship to our “Self” in our society overtaken by new media…


I am here but Why Serie (2012) by Jaap Scheeren

'I am here but why' 2012, Jaap Scheeren

I am here but why? portrays Jaap Scheeren in a tree with a board ‘I am here, but why?’. It seems at first incongruous and funny. But it also tackles more essential issues such as our place and role on this planet.

Pigeon always wanted to be a parrot

Identity Crisis #1 (2009) Jaap Scheeren

For Identity Crisis #1Jaap Scheeren paints a parrot in green and red, and displays it with a ‘name-tag’ ‘Pigeon always wanted to be a parrot’.

En Vogue (2012) Willem Populier

First Issue (2012) Willem Populier

For his self portraits of the ‘En Vogue’ series, Willem Popelier takes the poses of Vogue’s fashion models, which he displays along the original fashion magazines.


Anouk Kruithof took 50 portraits of people when they answered the question “Are you successful?”. She classified them (Yes. Laugh. No) and superimposed the images with a 10% opacity. This one is Yes.

Sculptural node 03 (2012) Koen Hauser

Sculptural node 03 (2012) Koen Hauser

In Sculptural Nude 03 Koen Hauser altered the lines of the female body to pronounce its sculptural shapes, echoing art historical references.

Last but not least, Elza Jo mixes drawing, photographs and video to transform her own ‘self’:

Nina Blanca (2013) Elza Jo

Nina Blanca (2013) Elza Jo

Every artist explores the meaning, value and representation of the human body. ‘The Space Between us’  shows the body as constructed and objectified. The result is ludic, witty and original. An exhibition not to miss!


 The Space Between Us 17 April to 23 June 2014
Featuring Melanie Bonajo, Koen Hauser, Jan Hoek, Elza Jo, Anouk Kruithof, Paul Kooiker, Stefan Ruitenbeek Jaap Scheeren and Willem Popelier.

Felix &Foam
Frame, Foyer &Friends 
Keizersgracht 324

The ideal 2014 Art Calendar looks like….

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Here is our selection of fairs and exhibitions not to be missed!

January – more than a warm up

15 (opening): two exhibitions at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris: David Lynch and Joan Fontcuberta to immediately get into the mood. Until 16 March.

16-19: Realisme Amsterdam. The fair is dedicated to figurative art and will gather 30 galleries, including Lilja Zakirova, Pien Rademakers, Artitled Contemporary Art… If you enjoy figurative art or want to see more, this is the place to go to!

February – keep up with the latest developments in art!

6-9: Art Rotterdam. The fair is the right place to see quality works as well as the latest developments in art. We like the focus on upcoming artists and media, with a great “new art section” as well as video projections. If you go to the fair, try to fit in your schedule some of the events organised by Art Rotterdam Week.

6-9: Object Rotterdam. The fair is a great platform for upcoming designers.

5-9: Art at the Warehouse. It is all about the experience with music, catering, theatre and art. Check out their programme and participate, be touched, shocked,… and enjoy! Such galleries as Eduard Planting, Rize and Zic Zerp will show their best artists.

until 9: Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London.

until 16: Zeng Fanzhi at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris.

until 23: Serge Poliakoff, also at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris.

March – think differently

10-16: Art Auction organised by Free Go Arts in favour of Brain Research Federation, at Artcurial (Paris). Come and support this great initiative and get a chance to acquire amazing artworks kindly given by  the artists. We thank Jean-Marie Perrier, Ambroise Tezenas, Speedy Graphito, Jakob & Macfarlane, Yann Arthus-Bertrand -to name a few!- for their generosity. Some of the artists will be there, it is a great occasion to meet them too.

14-23: TEFAF, Maastricht. For anybody (really, anybody) interested in art, this can’t be missed. You will get to see the very best of art from antiquity to modern art. Whether you want to please your eyes or just educate yourself, book your weekend and go to the fair. After all, defining excellence in art is their motto.

19-22: Art Dubai. Going to Middle East? Couple it with the fair! It has become a cornerstone of the art market in this region and is a great place to discover galleries from Middle East / Asia; it is also interesting to see what European/American galleries will feature! Imane Fares (Paris), Rodolphe Janssen (Brussels), Lumen Travo (Amsterdam), Isabelle van den Eynde (Dubai) will be there.

27-30: Art Paris. Time to head back to Paris for one of our best experience in 2013! Art is affordable, selection of galleries is sharp. It is probably the best fair for younger collectors (but not only). China will be guest of honor this year, another reason to go and discover the best of contemporary Chinese art!

April – take a break or go to a museum

May – it’s all about Basel

19-22: Art Basel. This is the place to be for contemporary art with more than 300 leading galleries, monumental art etc,… Just keep in mind you need a full day at the fair as it is huge and you don’t want to miss any of it! Take some time to visit the satellite fairs as well: Scope, Volta (emerging art) and Liste (forward thinking!).

July-September – time for Summer festivals

7/7-21/9: Les rencontres d’Arles. This is just to name one of our favourite. But check where you go on vacation, you may be surprised!

September – come to Amsterdam!

from 6/9: Horst: photographer of style at V&A Museum, London.

18-21: unseen Amsterdam. The Photo Fair shows works from young and established artists never seen before. Galleries are very well selected, the programme gives a festival flair to the fair.. This the weekend of the year you want to be in Amsterdam! Add a visit to FOAM, the Stedelijk and the Rijksmuseum!

October – time for a new pair of shoes

17-20: Frieze Art Fair, London. Beside a great selection of contemporary galleries, Frieze Masters is becoming a must see.

24-27: Fiac!, Paris. What can we say, Fiac! gathers the best established galleries as well as brilliant younger ones. For the eyes, education and collecting, this is the other place to be beside Art Basel. Our favourite galleries include Jerome Poggi, Loevenbruck, Lelong, Applicat-Prazan, to name a few! Enjoy the “Hors les Murs” programme as well.

“Satellite” fairs are also worth it, so book your weekend and wander in the aisles of Cutlog, and Slick.

November – Pa….. time

13-16: Paris Photo. Go back to the Grand Palais and enjoy a completely different atmosphere! Photography has become a recognised medium, partly thanks to great fairs like this one. It is the occasion to discover or appreciate the variety and creativity: it is more than just photography. The fair also features well curated exhibitions. We hope that Les filles du calvaire, Mummery&Schnelle, Victoria Miro, Flatland and Melanie Rio -to name a few- will be back!

23-30: Pan, Amsterdam. This fair is very pleasant and feels slightly like a “mini TEFAF” with galleries featuring art from antiquity to contemporary times. It is more affordable and usually of good quality.

December – a bit of sun

4-7: Art Basel Miami.  Welcome to Miami! Same as Basel, you need to plan carefully your art trip as there will be a lot to see!

Merry Christmas and a happy new year, again!

Best of FIAC!

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The FIAC! is over, vive the FIAC! If you are in Paris, take some time to enjoy the program “Hors les murs”. (Click here for all the information).

We had four amazing days at the FIAC!, thanks to the great selection of galleries but also the organisation and the work from the VIP director, Marine.

Here is our Best Of!



Best Solo show: Jean Dupuy, at Herve Loevenbruck gallery! The works shown were well presented and consistent; the gallery could also enjoy a great location on the ground floor. What made this solo show great was first and foremost the presentation of smaller works in the booth -like the rocks, example of Jean Dupuy’s lazy art!- and monumental sculptures in the jardin des tuileries; last but not least the artist himself enjoyed presenting his work and shared his wit and humour with many.


Jean Dupuy and Herve Loevenbruck


in the jardin des Tuileries, Here looking at Where.


Best gallerist: Jean Frémon, galerie Lelong. M. Frémon welcomed our collectors’ group and shared his knowledge about his artists. It was highly interesting and we all appreciated his kindness and availability -somehow and regrettably not exactly the standard during such events!-. Among the great works, the gallery showed a wooden sculpture from Jaume Plensa, great works from David Nash and a beautiful selection from Miro.


Jean Frémon commenting on Miro


Jaume Plensa


Best “upcoming artists” gallery: I have been following Jerome Poggi‘s gallery for a while now, after having met his former partner some years ago. Back then they were good. Now they are becoming a key player of the contemporary art scene, with uncompromising choices and clearly a flair for talents. Jerome Poggi also promotes his artists in an engaging and clever way: after his explanations, most of us spread his words at the pont Solferino, where Société Réaliste had not less than 193 flags installed beside the show at the FIAC!


Jérome Poggi and Société Réaliste’s work

Best Lafayette sector gallery: CLEARING won our heart -and feet- with a clever installation, a young and fascinating artist and a brilliant staff: Olivier and Barthelemy gave us a great insight about Korakrit Arunanondchai. We also noted they represent Lili Reynaud-Dewar… The winner of the Prix Fondation Ricard 2013.


Most relaxing booth with most exciting work!

Best booth: this one is a tough one but Victoria Miro‘s booth, with only works in black and white was for us one of the most aesthetic. Artists included Yayoi Kusama, Elmgreen&Dragset or Stan Douglas.


Sun is shining at the Grand Palais!

Best selection:  this is purely a matter of taste! But Lehmann Maupin was definitely showing great artists like Robin Rhode, Erwin Wurm, Alex Prager, Mickalene Thomas,…


© Robin Rhode

If you missed it, then too bad but make sure you already book it for next year…

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