The Salon du dessin is always a key event for the art market, but this 2021 edition is particularlyimportant. After the last-minute cancellation of the March 2020 edition and various postponements in 2021, the maintenance of the Salon du dessin – at a more favorable period in terms of the health restrictions – is an accomplishment in itself and a superb opportunity for all those involved. Theorganizers are of course glad that collectors, art enthusiasts and dealers will at last be able to meet at a drawing fair.
The Salon du dessin will therefore be celebrating its 30th anniversary from 1 to 4 July in the gilded atmosphere of the Palais Brongniart, its location for the last eighteen years. Thirty-three galleries will be present with an additional 9 in the Salon du dessin ONLINE (versus 39 normally).
The live fair will be completed by an ONLINE version allowing galleries that have been unable to travel a chance to participate. Each gallery can exhibit up to 15 pre-vetted works on the platform that will randomly present some 500 drawings, offering visitors the pleasure of discovery, as if they were strolling through the fair in person.
Internet users will be able to contact dealers directly and they will also be able to make appointments with a member of the fair’steam for a video-conference, a completely innovative way of participating in a viewing room.
Founded in 1991, The Salon du dessin is an internationally recognised French success story. The curators of some of the world’s biggest museums are regular clients at the fair and would not miss it for anything in the world. In Paris, the Salon du dessin has been the focal point of the popularisation of the drawing medium for many years by organising access to major institutions. These initiatives have substantially added to the overall population of collectors.
This year, the fair’s museum exhibition will be organized by the Museums of Marseille on the theme “Aspects of Nature” (Naturein all its states). In another initiative, the Daniel & Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation will exhibit the work by the three nominees for its 14th Contemporary Drawing Prize, which was awarded to Françoise Petrovitch in March 2021. It is very likely that the Guerlain Foundation will ask the three artists shortlisted in 2020 to present their works at the fair as well, since they were unable to show last year.
Drawing Week: an off-site programme of events organised by the Salon du dessin over the past 21 years in partnership with museums and institutions, offers private visits to graphic arts exhibitions, in compliance with the health restrictions in force at the time.
Celebrating its thirtieth anniversary in 2021, the Salon du dessin has restored the drawing medium to its rightful status on the global art market. Today, the medium has a large and influential population of buyers and collectors and attracts contemporary artists more than ever before! The Salon has also allowed a whole new generation of galleries and dealers with extremely diverse interests – but all sharing an exceptional awareness of art history – to fully express their highly individual and specific interests.
The Salon du Design longstanding exhibitors: Aaron, de Bayser, Brame & Lorenceau, La Présidence,Talabardon & Gautier, Terrades, a number of new participants are also be present: Ary Jan, Boulakia, Jeanne Bucher Jaeger, Loeve & Co, Mayoral, Orbis Pictus, Benjamin Peronnet,Taménaga, and Waddington Custot.
Applicat-Prazan, is back with enthusiasm after several years of absence due to its participation in Art Basel Hong Kong (similar dates).
The Swiss galleries Grand-Rue, Reginart Collection, the Belgian gallery Lancz, the Spanish galleries Artur Ramon Art and José de la Mano; and the American gallery Rosenberg & Cowere determined to make the make the journey and participate in the fair.
A number of foreign galleries unable to make the trip will participate in the Salon du dessin ONLINE where, like the other exhibitors, they will be able to show 15 works on paper. Among these galleries: Ditesheim & Maffei(Neuchâtel), Jill Newhouse(New York), Grässle/Härb(Munich), Martin Moeller & Cie(Hambourg) and Stephen Ongpin(Londres).
The opening, by invitation only and with a reservation required, takes place simultaneously at the Palais Brongniart and online onWednesday, 30 June.
Didier AARON / Paris
Galerie AB / Paris
APPLICAT-PRAZAN / Paris
ARNOLDI-LIVIE / Munich
Galerie ARY JAN / Paris
Helene BAILLY Gallery / Paris
de BAYSER / Paris
Galerie BERÈS / Paris
Galerie BOULAKIA / Paris
BRAME & LORENCEAU / Paris
JEANNE BUCHER JAEGER / Paris
Galerie Éric COATALEM / Paris
Galerie Michel DESCOURS / Lyon, Paris
Galerie DITESHEIM & MAFFEI Fine Art SA / Neuchâtel
Galerie Jacques ELBAZ / Paris
Galerie GRAND-RUE Marie Laure Rondeau / Geneva
GRÄSSLE-HÄRB / Mun
Chantal KIENER / Paris
LANCZ Gallery / Brussels
Galerie Antoine LAURENTIN / Paris
LOEVE & Co / Paris
DE LA MANO / Madrid
Galerie Maurizio NOBILE / Bologne, Paris
Galerie MAYORAL / Barcelone / Paris
Martin MOELLER & Cie / Hamburg
Galerie MOTTE-MASSELINK / Paris
Galerie Jill NEWHOUSE / New York
ORBIS PICTUS / Paris
Stephen ONGPIN Fine Art / London
Benjamin PERONNET / Paris
Galerie de la PRÉSIDENCE / Paris
Paul PROUTÉ / ParisArtur RAMON Art / Barcelona
REGINART Collections / Geneva
ROSENBERG & Co / New York
Onno VAN SEGGELEN Fine Arts / Rotterdam
TALABARDON & GAUTIER / Paris
Galerie TAMENAGA / Paris, Tokyo, Osaka
Galerie TARANTINO / Paris
Galerie TERRADES / Paris
WADDINGTON CUSTOT / London
Galerie ZLOTOWSKI / Paris
The Salon du Dessin Paris
A SUCCESS STORY
1991: First Salon du dessin at the George V Hotel in Paris, with 17 exhibitors.
1995: Creation of the Salon du dessin in its current format at the initiative of nineart dealers: Didier Aaron, Jean- François Baroni, Louis de Bayser, Marie-ChristineBucaile (+), Bertrand Gautier, François Lorenceau, Chantal Kiener, Sylvie TocciProuté, Gabriel Terrades.
2000: The Salon du dessin founds Drawing week, with the participation of most Paris museums, turning the city into the capital of drawing.
2004: The Salon du dessin moves to the Palais Brongniart on Place de la Bourse in Paris and has 29 participants.
2006: First colloquium at the Salon du dessin, entitled “Rencontres Internationales du Salon du dessin”. The Salon du dessin introduces contemporary drawings for the first time, showing works by students from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
2007: The Salon du dessin introduces a new tradition of hosting an institution or acollector at the art fair. The Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the first guest exhibitor, showsseven panels by Charles de Wailly.
2009: Daniel and Florence Guerlain present their collection. The Salon du dessin has three contemporary art galleries among its 36 exhibitors.
2010: Presentation of the first Daniel and Florence Guerlain Drawing Prize, which will become an annual event.
2011: The Salon du dessin celebrates its 20thanniversary.
2014: Louis de Bayser is appointed President of the Salon du dessin, replacing Hervé Aaron, who remains a member of the organizing committee.
2019: Connaissance des Arts, a subsidiary of the Groupe Les Échos-LeParisien and LVMH, associated with the eight founding partners of the Agence d’ Évènements Culturels, which manages the Salon du dessin and FINE ARTS PARIS and will retain control of the organization and gallery-selection committeesfor both fairs.
2020: the Salon du dessin is cancelled due to pandemic related restrictions on 15 march.
1 to 4 July
Palais Brongniar – Paris, France