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. 

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.


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.

The music of the spheres – in the rue St-Honoré

18 September 2002

A host of other events have been programmed to attract the international buyers expected in France for the Paris Biennale (September 20-29). These range from auctions – Christie’s sale of sculptures by Alberto Giacometti on September 28, or Prunier’s Haute Epoque sale in Louviers on September 22 – through small, specialist fairs (devoted to Asian Art, Decorative Arts and Tribal Art) – to gallery shows.

Mixing art and politics – and launching a brand new fair

18 September 2002

Christian Deydier, head of the Syndicat National des Antiquaires, sees lobbying for change as one of his most important roles. With help from his Vice-President Hervé Aaron, and Honorary President Philippe Kraemer, Deydier promises to “give it everything when it comes to lobbying… We must make the most of current favourable circumstances.”

Paris finally looks set for real change

17 September 2002

After decades of wrangling over the reform of their antiquated auction system and a period of uncertainty and inaction among its dealers, the Paris art market starts the 2002 season in an unusually positive frame of mind.

Paris Biennale signs up 21 new dealers from the top ranks

08 April 2002

FRANCE: A remarkable 21 new dealers are joining this year’s 21st Biennale des Antiquaires, which will be held at the Carrousel du Louvre, in Paris from September 20 to 29.

Facelift for Paris Biennale

12 December 2001

Radical changes are planned for next year’s 13th staging of one of the world’s top fairs, the Biennale des Antiquaires at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris.

Paris barricades are lowered for the world

04 September 2000

FRANCE: WHEN one talks about the world’s very top antiques fairs just a handful come to mind, and they are, for the moment any way, in London, New York, Maastricht and Paris.