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Meeting the challenge

The Biennale has restructured as the fair evolves into an annual event. Anne Crane talks to chief organiser and SNA president, Mathias Ary Jan, to hear how the changes are not just practical but cultural as well

Mathias Ary Jan, SNA president

“I want to put the collector at the very heart of the Biennale,” says Mathias Ary Jan. He took over last November as president of the Syndicat National des Antiquaires (SNA), the dealers’ association that organises France’s premier art and antiques fair, La Biennale, Paris.

Ary Jan, a dealer specialising in Orientalist painting who was formerly the SNA’s treasurer, is at 45 years old its youngest-ever president.

He has a big challenge on his hands, restructuring an art world institution and one that has been running every two years since 1956, turning it into an annual event in an already crowded fairs calendar.

This involves tempting overseas visitors to make the journey to Paris in a climate when many are less keen to travel to Europe. He also has to keep the Biennale’s roster of exhibitors happy.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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