Photographer's Note

Last week I was lucky to be in Paris at the same time that the Biennale des Antiquaires took place from 14th September to the 23rd at the Grand Palais
At the heart of the event, a giant hot-air balloon served as a reminder of one of the Grand Palais's first exhibitions

Biennale des Antiquaires, Paris 2012

The Biennale is host to 150 exhibitors, nearly double the 86 present at the last event in 2010.
The big names this year aren't just on the show floor, but behind-the-scenes as this year organizers have lured fashion designer and decorative-arts lover Karl Lagerfeld to design and create the Biennale's fantastical scenography.
He said "I wanted to emphasize the immensity and the splendor of the glass roof, which will be like a protective sky… it is a place I adore".
Lagerfeld sums up his approach when he says: "The era is different, I wanted to evoke, not reconstitute,"
The intended effect is "that the visitor immediately feels enveloped by the atmosphere as soon as he enters the Grand Palais."
The Biennial is the finest antique museum ephemeral world. It is both the Louvre, MoMA, the Museum of Primitive Arts, the Museum of Decorative Arts and a fabulous cabinet of curiosities.
La biennale des antiquaire est le plus beau musée éphémère du monde.
Il est à la fois le Louvre, le Moma, le Musée des arts premiers, le Musée des arts décoratifs et un fabuleux cabinet de curiosités.
Cette année la scénographie de la manifestation a été confiée à Karl Lagerfield qui a conçu les allées qui proposent 7 kilomètres de façades au service du lèche vitrine.
Il y avait huis mille pièces qui ont fait du Grand Palais la plus fabuleuse caverne d'Ali Baba que l'on puisse découvrir.
"The jewellery editor"

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  • Copyright: Maria Ocampos (nikkitta) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2090 W: 17 N: 4178] (17068)
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  • Date Taken: 2012-09-19
  • Categories: Architecture
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