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The Paris Biennale and the Fatal Fakes

Published on , by Vincent Noce

The Biennale de Paris [soon to be replaced by EX.Paris – Ed.] has ceased to exist without reaching its 50th anniversary.

  The Paris Biennale and the Fatal Fakes
 
The younger generation never experienced its first splendors, when the Grand Palais in Paris hosted an ephemeral museum bursting with treasures recently brought out of private collections by gallery owners and antique dealers. The first edition in 1962 was inaugurated with great pomp by the then French Minister of Culture, André Malraux. Its gala dinner was a major social event. Aaron, Gismondi, Kraemer, Perrin, Rossi, Steinitz and Ségoura dominated the profession, with Ségoura serving on occasion as a justice of the peace. The Biennial did not die…
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