The Biennale des Antiquaires is planning to launch a China edition soon. “I can’t reveal yet the exact date or the location, but the idea would be to have the Biennale in Paris on the even years and the Biennale in China on the odd years,” Christian Deydier, president of the Syndicat National des Antiquaires told Blouin Artinfo, “I’m hoping the first edition will be in 2015.”
A final announcement should be made within the next two months, he added. Deydier said participants in the China edition would still have to go through a rigorous entry process just as they would for the Paris edition. “Exhibitors will have to face the same vetting process. And obviously guaranteeing authenticity will be a must,” he said, adding that while exhibitors will mainly be members of the Syndicat National des Antiquaires, a few exceptions could be made.
Deydier, who specializes in Chinese antiquities, said a few details need to be finalized — like the exact number of participants though on that score it’s likely the Biennale will be compact,— “but I’ve already seen a 3D presentation of the booths in the location,” he added.
“It makes sense to go to China, given the fast growing emerging base of collectors there. Soon, they will start to look beyond collecting Chinese antiques,” Deydier added.
The Biennale des Antiquaires at the Grand Palais in Paris is open to the public September 11-21.