| XXE BIENNALE DES |
P A R I S
DU 15 SEPT. AU 1 OCTOBRE 2000
| OPENING OF THE 20th ANTIQUE DEALERS' BIENNIAL IN PARIS |
The 20th Biennale des Antiquaires opened in Paris on September 15th 2000 in a glamorous atmosphere though extraordinary pieces shown by exhibitors seemed quite rare.
Thanks to financial and stock market positive results worldwide works of art have been much in demand during the past three years. All the more, with France's opening up to the international competition of auctions, the antique trade in Paris has been indeed considered as a much-coveted activity.
Paris is still a myth and is in the process of regaining its status as a major cultural pole of the art market, organisers of the Biennale, which is due to last until October 1st, pinpointed.
Thanks to this event, Paris has been exerting an attraction for the players of the markets of both old and modern art, especially foreign dealers who are making business while visiting the Biennale where the most important French professionals feel obliged to mark their presence even if some of them will just break even in counter-balancing exhibition costs.
According to Jacques Perrin, Vice-President of the National federation of Antique dealers and Chairman of the Organisation committee of the Biennale, French professionals must pursue a true self-examination roughly every five years, while retaining a set of values built on conscientiousness and quality.
“We must adapt to the times and above all our clients' lifestyles which vary a great deal from one country to another. We must always endeavour to go even further in seeking out the objects we present or in the presentation of these objects,” he said.