Paris Biennale

Paris Biennale or the Biennale des Antiquaries is a long-running art and antiques fair that takes place at the Grand Palais in the French capital. Organised by the dealers' association Syndicat National des Antiquaires (SNA), the event welcomes a host of exhibitors from abroad as well as dealers from France.

The fair became an annual event in 2016. 


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‘Coups de Coeur’ – eight art market highlights from the Paris season

20 September 2018

The French art market was back in action in early September. The 30th staging of 'La Biennale Paris' and the latest edition of the 'Parcours des Mondes' tribal event were two highlights among a raft of gallery shows and auctions marking the return to work after the summer lull.

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Napoleon marches into the Biennale

27 August 2018

There is a decidedly French flavour to the loan exhibition at this year’s Biennale. Prominently displayed under the central dome of the Grand Palais will be a selection of works from the extensive Napoleonic collection of Pierre-Jean Chalençon.

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Foreword: Paris fights its corner

27 August 2018

The September return to work (and school) after a long summer break is significant enough in France to have its own title: La rentrée.

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Biennale looks back to the future

27 August 2018

Fair aims to capitalise on the event’s past heritage and more recent major innovations.

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Paris Biennale preview: Q&A with exhibitors Aktis Gallery and Kent Antiques

04 September 2017

ATG canvasses the opinion of two exhibitors, one returning for the second time and a new recruit.

Paris Biennale preview: a fair held in the Grand manner

04 September 2017

More than 90 exhibitors will gather at the Grand Palais in September for the Biennale Paris, France’s premier art and antiques fair.

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Interview: SNA president Mathias Ary Jan on meeting the challenge for the Paris Biennale

04 September 2017

The Biennale has restructured as the fair evolves into an annual event. ATG talks to chief organiser and SNA president, Mathias Ary Jan, to hear how the changes are not just practical but cultural as well...

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Initial exhibitor list released for Biennale fair in Paris

09 June 2017

The French dealers’ association that organises the ‘Biennale Paris’ fair, The Syndicat National Des Antiquaires, has announced the initial exhibitor list and programme details for the event in September.

France’s main antiques fair: the 2017 version

30 May 2017

The Syndicat National Des Antiquaires, organisers of the Biennale Paris, has announced the latest exhibitor list and progamme details for France’s main art and antiques fair which takes place in September.

Jewellery firms withdraw from Biennale after changes to direction and layout of Paris fair

11 July 2016

The 28th edition of the Paris ‘Biennale des Antiquaires’ will include a radical shake-up of its jewellery content.

Leading Paris furniture dealers face exclusion from Biennale fair

23 June 2016

Kraemer Gallery and Didier Aaron & Cie, the two leading members of the Paris trade embroiled in a faking scandal, are expected to be excluded from the forthcoming Biennale des Antiquaires, a source close to the French trade has told ATG.

Paris Tableau to join new Biennale

20 November 2015

Paris Tableau, the specialist Old Masters fair, announced midway through its run this month that from next year it would become part of the new annual Biennale des Antiquaires.

Members back plan for annual Paris Biennale

06 July 2015

Reaction to the news that the Paris ‘Biennale’ will become an annual event has been largely positive.

Dealers vote to make leading Paris fair an annual event

01 July 2015

Members of French dealers’ association the Syndicat National des Antiquaires have voted to make the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris an annual event.

Biennale to return to Grand Palais

05 May 2005

The Paris Biennale is set to move from the Carrousel du Louvre back to the Grand Palais, its historic venue, for its next outing in 2006 after Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanöe unexpectedly vetoed plans for an underground car-park beneath the Palais that would have delayed its reopening until 2008 or 2009.

Biennale – £8m gems theft

07 October 2004

TWO diamonds with a reported value of nearly £8m were were stolen from the Chopard stand at the Paris Biennale.

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Putting on the glitz – as Paris proves premier point

09 September 2004

JUST a taster for one of the greatest antiques shows on earth, the XX11 Paris Biennale Des Antiquaires, which will run at the Carrousel du Louvre in the heart of the French capital from September 15 to 28, with the vernissage on September 14.

French dealers confirm alternative Paris Biennale

14 January 2003

LAUNCHED next September, a new biennial fair organised by France’s national dealers’ association, the Syndicat National des Antiquaires, will be called Le Salon du Collectionneur – Paris.

Additional Asian attraction

11 October 2002

Asian Biennale: Running alongside the main Biennale for six days last month and providing an alternative Asian focus to the glitter of French furniture, jewels and Art Deco at the Carrousel du Louvre was a new venture. The Biennale des Arts Asiatiques, organised by the Association des Specialistes d’Art Asiatiques, was a Salon of 22 specialist dealers set in a marquee at the other end of the Tuileries Gardens, which ran from September 21-25.

Axel barges in on Paris Biennale…

08 October 2002

BELGIAN dealer and international interior designer Axel Vervoordt made a big splash in Paris during the 21st Biennale, but although he had a stand at the grand fair his real showstopper was outside in a 44 metre industral barge moored on the opposite bank of the Seine facing the Carrousel du Louvre.

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