26th Biennale des Antiquaires

As living things, the objects speak to us across the centuries. They tell their own stories awaking our creative imagination. Sometimes they remain in silence, closed in their bare existence, giving to the eye nothing but their mute beauty.

The Biennale des Antiquaires opens a door on the market of visual and decorative arts through a rich and incredibly interesting collection of manufacts. Whitin the impressive architecture of the Grand Palais, a sumptuous backdrop designed by Karl Lagerfeld shortens the distances between different eras and genres, becoming the fil rouge of an extraordinary eclectic range of unique pieces. A series of rare sculptures, paintings and countless wonders spread out in front of our amazed gaze, which get immediately lost in the caledoscopic shimmering of precious stones, in the detailing of archaeological artefacts, to finally drown in the purity of Carrara marbles. In such sublime exposition, our attention has been catched by the fine sculptures of Antoine Poncet, shown at the Galerie Berès, in which movement and stillness are fused in a perfect and voluptuous balance of forms. A sort of magnetic attraction has led us to the Carpenters Workshop Gallery, where Marc Newson and Ingrid Donat‘s monumental pieces of furniture, along with Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta‘s fragile constructions of lights, structure organic suggestions through contemporary materials, artisianal techniques and cutting-edge technologies. The French déco marked the end of our visit, impressing us with the massive triumph of polished zinc of Michel Dufet‘s desk.

Captured by the charm of things, we feel the irresistible need to posses them, to admire them in solitude and understand their hidden secret. The splendour of their aura becomes our most intimate pride, while a strange synergy creates new connections between the animate and the inanimate.


  • 26th Biennale des Antiquaires

    Article by
    Cecilia Musmeci



    Cecilia Musmeci


    Grand Palais, Paris
    from Sept 14 to 23 2012.

    Special Thanks

    Xavier Samson