Twenty-Five Years of the Salon du Dessin Paris

March 13, 2016

The Salon du Dessin Paris is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a great program and exhibitors in the 2016 edition of the renowned art fair. Founded in 1991, the Salon du dessin was the first art fair exclusively devoted to drawing that triggered interest in the medium. 25 years later it boasts unmatched longevity in its specialty. Visitors will enjoy an exceptional program for this anniversary, including the attendance of the prestigious Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts as guest of honor exhibiting a fantastic selection of its drawing archives for the first time in France. The other major assets of the Salon du dessin will be its 39 exhibiting galleries, The Daniel & Florence Guerlain Foundation contemporary drawing award, the Semaine du dessin involving 21 museums, and the Rencontres Internationales which allow the Salon du dessin to be a place where art lovers can share and exchange, whether they be beginners, connoisseurs or professionals.

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Alexander Calder - Composition on red background.Certificate of authenticity no. A07349 from the Calder Foundation archives (New York). Gallery AB

Salon du Dessin Exhibitors and Highlights

In 2016, 4 galleries will set up their stands for the first time at the Palais Brongniart, thereby confirming the excellence of the selection of the modern and contemporary drawings shown at the Salon. These galleries are: Hélène Bailly Gallery, Galerie Jacques Elbaz, Éric Gillis Fine Art and Martin Graessle Kunsthandel. Among other galleries are Marlborough Fine Art, Galerie AB, Galerie de la Béraudière, Galerie Karsten Greve and many others. Among the highlights of this year’s Salon du Dessen are: Galerie de la Béraudière that will show a striking mosaic of pastel tones in a work by Paul Klee; Galerie Antoine Laurentin that will present a reparatory study by Auguste Rodin -  Femme nue debout, de dos, mains aux hanches et tenant un vêtement; Galerie Éric Coatalem will offer a page full of hope from Jose-Maria Sert entitled Project for the progress of science.

Guest of Honor

On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the Salon du dessin has planned an exceptional program, inviting The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts to exhibit part of its drawing archives. This will be the first time a set of drawings solely from The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts will be shown in France. The commissioner of the exhibition, Vitaly Michine, curator of French drawings, has asked all the curators of two of the museum’s departments to select 26 drawings to be shown on the occasion of the exhibition: the department of private collections and the collection of the graphic arts department of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. Among the 26 works are 17 Russian drawings, 3 of which are from the Zilberstein Private Collection, and 9 Western drawings.

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Charles-Michel-Ange Challe - Fantaisie architecturale. Courtesy of Galerie de Bayser, Luc Paris

Drawing Week 2016

Testimony to the beneficial influence of the Salon du dessin on the cultural life of Paris, every year, Drawing Week reveals collections never before seen, most often related to the theme defining the framework of the Rencontres internationals conference. In 2016, certain museums in the Greater Paris Area will invite Salon to contemplate their graphic arts departments through the lens of the period from David to Delacroix. Within the framework of Drawing Week, Sèvres – celebrated for its ceramics - presents a selection of a dozen works on paper by Alexandre-Évariste Fragonard (1780-1850). This exceptional collection comprises 374 drawings representing the production of porcelain items by the Manufacture de Sèvres, under the aegis of its director Alexandre Brongniart from 1800 to 1847 and the penchant of the period for neoclassicism and then the neogothic.

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Maurice Estève - Untitled, 1964. Art Cuéllar Nathan

Daniel and Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation Drawing Prize

In 2007, Florence and Daniel Guerlain decided to refocus on their passion for drawing and set up a contemporary drawing award. Intended for artists using drawing as their principal vehicle for creativity, whether the medium be paper, cardboard, collage or mural, it supports three artists a year. Since 2010, the Foundation has instigated a close partnership with the Salon du dessin which hosts an exhibition by the nominated artists, as well as the award ceremony attended by numerous collectors, specialists and institutions. The winner receives a grant of 15,000 Euros and the two other artists shortlisted each receive 5,000 Euros. Furthermore, the Foundation donates a work by the winner to a French institution. Exhibition at the Salon du Dessin of the three artists nominated: Jana Gunstheimer, born in 1974 in Zwickau (Germany); Cameron Jamie, born in 1969 in Los Angeles (United States) and Anne-Marie Schneider, born in 1962 in Chauny (France). The winner will be announced on March 31.

The Location of the Salon du dessin Main Venue

Practical Information

The Salon du dessin will open on March 30 and will last until April 4, 2016 at Palais Brongniart, Place de la Bourse - 75002 Paris. Admission fee is €15. Catalogue is free according to stock availability. Catalogue for the 25th anniversary of the Salon du dessin will be on sale at the Salon. More information about the tickets and Salon du dessin you can find on the official website of the art fair.

Featured Images: Elizabeth Vigée Le Brun - La Dent de Valère et le Rhône depuis les environs de Saint-Maurice, 1807, detail.Courtesy of Galerie Terrades, Thierry Jacob; Hubert Robert - Two artists drawing amidst antique fragments in front of the Pantheon in Paris, detail.Galerie Jean François Baroni. All Images courtesy of Salon du dessin.

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