Archive for September 2018

Swiss art sales draw interest, a Mosset sells for twice its expected value

Christie’s annual Swiss art auction in Zurich in September featured the likes of Felix Vallotton, Ferdinand Hodler, Giovanni Giacometti, and Albert Anker. The auction ultimately drew approximately CHF 5.4 million. The evening appeared to reverse a recent downturn in the sale of Swiss art that has occurred over the last few years. reported that the auction attracted interest […]

“Manifesto” a manifest film

Before becoming a film, Manifesto was an installation created by German artist Julian Rosefeldt. Premiering in 2016 at the Museum für Gegenwart in Berlin, the film was shown on thirteen screens broadcasting ten-minute films in a loop. All together there are thirteen videos in the form of sketches where Cate Blanchette plays all the roles […]

Are museums filled with forgeries?

Do visitors to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg realize that “at least half the paintings hanging there are copies” and that the origianls have been discreetly sold to foreign collectors when the Soviet Union plunged into crisis?  At least that’s what the famous art dealer Youri Vassilievitch Aleksee, ravaged by cancer and called “the […]

A conversation with collector Achille Mauri

Achille Mauri invites us into his apartment in Milan on the Palazzo Cagnola.  Works by artists like Alighiero Boetti, Lucio Fontana, Fabio Mauri, Man Ray and Andy Warhol adorn his walls. Orianne Castel :Your apartment contains hundreds of paintings and sculptures. Most of them are on display, others, stored here and there, are still unwrapped.  When […]

Parisian art expert’s ruse undone by former student

Alone in the Aaron gallery showroom in 2012, Charles Hooreman noticed something suspicious about two folding chairs marked as the former property of King Louis XV’s daughter, Princess Louise Elisabeth. Hooreman, a young art dealer struggling with his reputation in the cut-throat Parisian art world, made the abnormal decision to lick one of the piece’s armrests. Hooreman’s keen eye recognized the […]