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December 2011 

Karl Lagerfeld to stage the 26th Biennale des Antiquaires

The SNA has asked the designer to stage, decorate and create the visuals for the Biennale des Antiquaires, which will take place from September 14 to 23, 2012 at the Grand Palais.
Karl Lagerfeld, an artist with many talents, has agreed to accept the challenge. He will design a temporary world within the Grand Palais to serve as a backdrop for the thousands of objets d'art that will be presented at the 26th Biennale des Antiquaires.

The 2012 show will welcome nearly 150 exhibitors (there were 86 in 2010).
In addition to the main dome of the Grand Palais, the event will also take place in "Le Salon d'Honneur", which is opening its doors after several years of restoration work.

"Karl Lagerfeld's creative genius, sensibility, finely honed taste and stage sense are all reasons why I am thrilled that he agreed to shape the 2012 Biennale according to his own taste. He is also a leading collector, someone who loves rare and beautiful objects, which means that he will approach this unique task as a connoisseur.".
Christian Deydier, Président of the Syndicat National des Antiquaires.

"I like antique dealers and everything the Biennale represents, and I love the Grand Palais, which is my favorite place in Paris. I have so many memories there of Chanel runway shows with their outsized decor..."
Karl Lagerfeld



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The Syndicat National des Antiquaires (SNA) unveils the decor by Karl Lagerfeld for the 26th Biennale des Antiquaires

The 2012 Biennale des Antiquaires will be held in the Grand Palais in Paris from 14th to 23rd September 2012. The SNA asked Karl Lagerfeld to create the decor.

« Window shopping in Paris »

« For this project, I was inspired by Paris, by the Grand Palais and by the universal exhibitions in the early 20th century but also by the covered shopping arcades built in the 19th century in Paris. For me, the Grand Palais is the very heart of Paris, the idea of Paris and its universal side. It’s also a place I adore and where I have organized incredible fashion shows in the past. 

I wanted to underline the immensity and the splendour of the glass roof, which will be like a sky protecting the exceptional objects to be presented by antique dealers, galleries and jewellers. »

Karl Lagerfeld

« The creative genius of Karl Lagerfeld, his sensitivity and his sense of set design are just some of the reasons why I am delighted about this collaboration for the 2012 Biennale. Mister Lagerfeld was immediately able to adapt his vision as a Man of Art to the specific needs of the Biennale, thanks to his immense talent. »

Christian Deydier, President of the SNA



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