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However, after some years in Paris and two in Geneva the Salon de Mars was building up quite a following so one of its organising team, Viviane Jutheau de Witt, an ex-Paris auctioneer now based in Switzerland and full of belief in Geneva as an international centre, is going it alone. Well, not quite alone since she has a new business partner, Robert Preslier, a well-known Swiss art collector, and together they are reviving the idea of a Geneva fair with GENEV’ ART.

This new fair will be staged in Hall 7 at Palexpo from February 1 to 9, 2003 and although planning is still in early stages it is thought a good many of the 90 to 100 dealers who exhibited at Salon de Mars will seriously consider the new event, which will be annual.