For art lovers from across the world, the Biennale des Antiquaires has been a must-attend event for more than half a century and quintessentially representative of the French « art de vivre ». September 2016 will mark a turning point in the Biennale's history, and it will become an annual event beginning in 2017, without leaving behind what makes it so exceptional.
At the invitation of the Biennale des Antiquaires, the State Hermitage Museum presented special exhibition.
Comprised of two public collections – one of French prestige, the other international – and the mobilization of larger luxury watch houses via the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, the 2016 Biennale will offer three exhibitions of distinct cultural and aesthetic experience. Greeted by a spectacular scenography by Nathalie, collectors and visitors, in addition to discovering the masterpieces, jewelry, and selected objects on display, can also explore three unprecedented exhibitions in the history of the Biennale from Le Mobilier National in France, Russia’s State Hermitage Museum, and the Fondation de la Haute Hologerie in Switzerland.
A CENTURY OFFRENCH ELEGANCE The French decorative arts collection at the Hermitage is considered one of the finest out- side France. It was formed thanks to the close ties between France and Russia over the centuries. It was in Paris that the Russian monarchs and the emissaries of their aristocracy commissio- ned objects of porcelain, silver and gilt bronze. They also received decorative arts pieces as diplomatic gifts. The thirty-four items of French creation exhi- bited within the Biennale give an insight into the contemporary historical events, both in Russia and in France. Simultaneoulsy, these masterpieces reveal the high level of the Hermitage collection of the 18th century a century of French elegance.
Source: visit of Biennale and press release.