Date: 17 – 19 May 2019
VELVENOIR Art Consultant: Lou Anmella
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Created in 2014, Paris Gallery Weekend is now established as a major art event taking place in the capital of France every year during springtime. On May 17-18-19, the 5th edition will bring together more than 40 modern and contemporary art galleries among the best on the Paris and international art scene. This unique event creates the opportunity for artists, collectors, professionals and art lovers to meet in galleries around special events such as openings, performances, talks, brunches, book signings and drinks.
Our Paris based consultant Lou Anmella will give private tours to VELVENOIR’s clients, partners and followers – if you are interested, please email her here Until then, she gives us highlights about Paris Gallery Weekend:
What makes Paris Gallery Weekend a unique event?
In my opinion Paris Gallery Weekend is a unique event in Paris during the year challenging the usual idea we may have about art galleries, often perceived as intimidating places only dedicated to art specialists or wealthy collectors. But they are not! Galleries offer amazing opportunities to enjoy museum quality artworks for free, as well as discovering emerging artists and support tomorrow talents. I think Paris Gallery Weekend is a good reminder of that, inviting both established and younger galleries to open their doors around warm and welcoming events. Doing so, it incites a new audience to frequent galleries, enter in a dialogue with gallerists and artists, and become aspiring collectors.
What can our clients, partners and followers expect in visiting Paris Gallery Weekend with you?
The main idea is to get to know our VELVENOIR’s clients and partners better, and for them to get to know us and our services better too! First, I want to offer them personalized visits according to their expectations and tastes: whether visiting established or emerging artists exhibitions, modern or contemporary galleries, discovering only painting or installation works, French or international artists, etc. Then of course, I’ll be happy to highlight them on the artists they like, introduce them to gallerists and artists when possible, and advise them on art pieces they would like to collect.
On another hand, I’ll be able to offer them VIP passes that will give them access to Paris Gallery Weekend’s partner institutions and museums as well as VIP events and private visits.
Where will we find you during Paris Gallery Weekend?
As a contemporary Chinese art specialist and Asian art lover, I won’t miss the opening of Taiwanese artist Chen Ching-Yuan at Mor Charpentier gallery. I will also pop in Perrotin, Karsten Greve, Ropac and Templon galleries which are probably the most established contemporary art galleries on the Paris art scene, and see Galerie Mitterrand which always shows great pieces of modern art. To get to know more about contemporary art from the African continent, I will pass by Magnin-A gallery and attend their talk about the art scene in Congo. I will also make sure to visit Galerie RX which shows an exhibition of Joël Andrianomearisoa who represents the Madagascar Pavilion at the Venice Biennale this year.
Lou Anmella is an Art Project Manager specialized in Chinese contemporary art. She is a co-founder of ACA project non-profit organization and the founder of Maison Jade art agency.
Lou holds a BA in Art History and English Literature and Civilization from the Paris Catholic Institute (FR), a MA in Art History from the Pantheon-Sorbonne University (Paris, FR) and a MA in Cultural Management from the Cergy-Pontoise University (FR). She began her career in 2015 at the luxury department store Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche in Paris (FR) where she helped manage the art and design collection, and organize exhibitions with international artists such as Martin Parr, Ai Weiwei, and Chiharu Shiota. Passionate about cultural exchanges and eager to facilitate the circulation of artistic creations from Asia to Europe and vice-versa, in 2015 Lou co-founded the non-profit organization ACA project, an online platform aiming to provide knowledge and understanding about Asian contemporary art to a French and English-speaking audience. Following a collaboration curating photographic exhibitions with the M97 gallery in Shanghai China in 2017, Lou is now based in Paris France. She recently launched the contemporary art agency Maison Jade and works with artists and galleries, offering curative direction, exhibition coordination and logistical support, to help bring their projects to fruition.
“I am very excited to become a part of the prestigious and international company VELVENOIR. Joining this passionate and exemplary team is a unique opportunity for me to take on new challenges and enrich my expertise. Collaborating with clients and collectors in Paris, we will move forward together: by engaging in dialogue and obtaining a clear vision of their direction, I will make sure to offer them a relevant and creative tailor-made service.”