If you, like me, like to walk on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, you would never have imagined that in the 8th district, 800 meters from the Champs-Élysées next to the Parc Monceau, there is a unique and exotic building for Parisians: La Pagoda Paris.
Since a few days ago, the Pagoda Paris, closed for a long time, has finally opened its doors to visitors. The Printemps Aisatique Paris, in preparation for several months, has chosen this place to host its events.
So what is the Printemps Aisatique Paris? And why did they choose the Pagoda Paris to host their events. Let me tell you.
Printemps Aisatique Paris
This is the fifth edition of Printemps Asiatique Paris, which runs from June 8 to 16, the first edition having started in 2016. It is attended by art lovers and collectors invited by the organizers, as well as museums, galleries and auctions.
This was made possible to invite a large number of museums, galleries and auctions thanks to the seniority of the Printemps Asiatique Paris team of organizers in the art sector.
For example, Christophe Hioco, founder of La Galerie Hioco, as president, Arnaud Bertrand, executive director of the Association Française des Amis de l’Orient, Christian Bouvet of Sotheby’s, Glidas Hioco, a graduate of University College London and the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce HEC in Paris, and many others.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that all the members of the team are part of the Parisian elite.
Starting in 2018, the event’s organizers intend to involve antique galleries, major auction houses, and cultural institutions that study and collect Asian art in the preparation of the fair. Together, they will showcase the vitality of Asian art in Paris and on the French market.
In total, this year’s fair hosted 27 Asian art galleries, 14 auction houses and 11 museums.
For the first time, the fair also featured international counterparts, with exhibitors Brandt Asian Ltd, Malcolm Fairley Ltd, Grace Tsumugi Fine Art, Runjeet Singh, Sue Ollemans from the United Kingdom, Alan Kennedy and Clare Chu galleries from the United States, and the Irish auction house Adam’s Auctioneers. This is the first time that Printemps Asiatique Paris has gone outside of France.
This event includes exhibitions, auctions, and cultural tours and exchanges to help art lovers and collectors discover more of Asia’s rich and exquisite artworks and learn about the unique appeal of Asian art and culture.
Printemps Asiatique Paris is rich in artworks from China, Japan, Korea, India, Islam in the Middle East, the Himalayas and Central Asia and Southeast Asia.
I would like to present some of the exhibits which you can see in person if you have the opportunity:
Exhibitions – la pagoda paris
Portrait of a young Vietnamese woman
Previous sale price: 96 900 €, to be auctioned by Lynda Trouvé on September 14
By Alix Ayme (1894-1989), professor at the Indochina Academy of Fine Arts
With a gold background and black turban, the woman nods and lowers her eyebrows with a sense of gentleness and respect.
Looking at her work, we cannot stop thinking of Byzantine art inherited from medieval paintings on a golden background, where the nonchalant gesture of the character is imbued with a sudden veil of sacrality.
Just as with Lacquer art, the lacquer gives the material a sense of the depth of time needed to create a certain mysticism.
Large celadon imperial seal “Chuxiu Gong Zhenshang” of Empress Dowager Cixi
Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908), Qing Dynasty, China, 19th century, jade
H. 12 cm x L. 13 cm x W. 12,8 cm
Estimation: € 80,000 / € 120,000 euros
This is one of the most sought-after lots in the exhibition, a celadon seal with the double dragon head shape, the very classic form of the emperor’s jade seal.
Unusually enough, it belonged to Empress Dowager Cixi of the Qing Dynasty in 19th century China. The provenance of this seal is the Chuixiu Palace, one of the six western palaces in the inner court of the Forbidden City, which housed concubines during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Gauchet Asian Art has produced a promotional video dedicated to it:
Netsuke – Cat in kimono and a net that just trapped a mouse
H. 4.3 cm
Estimation: € 2.000 / € 3.000
A cat in a kimono has just caught a mouse in a trap, ready to take it home. This little miniature sculpture, less than 5 cm high, tells a rather lively story.
This is a Netsuke, a miniature sculpture of a card used to hang objects in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868).
Signifiant littéralement “attaché” à l'”extrémité”, le Netsuke est une attache fixée à une ficelle qui s’insère entre le kimono et le obi, tandis que l’autre extrémité de la ficelle est attachée à divers petits objets. Since the kimono has no pockets, the belt is the best way to hang your things.
Netsuke carvings are only a few inches long, but the skilled hands of the craftsman can carve an infinite variety of subjects, often focusing on Japanese history and mythology.
Depending on the material, expensive materials such as ivory, jade and gemstones can be used as raw materials for heel clips, while cheaper pendants are carved from wood or bone.
Netsukes are very attractive to Western collectors, because the best pieces tell little stories about Japan and you are able to dig to the end, and they are a collector’s delight.
Other exhibitions – la pagoda paris
Here are some of the works I found interesting. It is a great shame that this event is not open to the general public, so I did not have the opportunity to visit Printemps Asiatique Paris, and I hope I will be invited next year to bring you a richer story of the collection.
Printemps Asiatique Paris: https://www.printemps-asiatique-paris.com/
le Catalogue du Printemps Asiatique Paris: https://www.printemps-asiatique-paris.com/_files/ugd/5c3bab_368b97393ef2450ba5ba1d403139b430.pdf
la pagoda paris: http://www.pagodaparis.com/french/pagoda_paris.html
La meilleure exposition Printemps Aisatique Paris à La Pagoda en 2022, à ne pas manquer !
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