About Artcurial

Siège de la maison de vente aux enchères Artcurial, à l’angle de l’avenue Montaigne et du Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, Paris.
Siège de la maison de vente aux enchères Artcurial, à l’angle de l’avenue Montaigne et du Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, Paris.

Artcurial
  Key dates

2017

Acquisition of John Taylor - one of the oldest luxury real estate companies

2016

World record for a Ferrari 335S (in Euros and Pounds sterling).  First winter sales of jewellery, clocks and watches and Hermès in Monaco.

Revamp of our identity and our corporate image.

2015

Opening of a Munich office.  Opening of a representative office in Tel Aviv.  Creation of the Monaco company.  Auction of the Roger Baillon collection.  First sale in Hong Kong.  First sale in Marrakech.

2014

Opening of a Vienna office

2013

Sale of furniture from the Crillon Hotel

2012

Opening of representative offices in Brussels and in Milan.

2011

Participation in the Venice Biennale at the exhibition of the artist Laurent Grasso

2010

Creation of Artcurial Motorcars

2009

Start of the partnership with the Marcel Duchamp Prize.

2006

First jewellery and timepiece auctions in Monaco.

2005

Arrival of François Tajan.  Record price for a rare chest of drawers and a writing desk from the Rossignol collection.  Artcurial Briest - Poulain - Le Fur - F. Tajan becomes the principal French auction house.

2002

Creation of Artcurial Briest - Poulain - le Fur.

Comité Exécutif

Nicolas Orlowski

Nicolas Orlowski

CEO

Nicolas Orlowski is Chairman of Artcurial group, which he founded in 2002. An entrepreneur at heart, he has created and built several companies connected with the art of living and luxury sectors.


Nicolas Orlowski is Chairman of Artcurial group, which he founded in 2002. An entrepreneur at heart, he has created and built several companies connected with the art of living and luxury sectors.

The Artcurial gallery/bookshop which Nicolas Orlowski acquired from the L’Oréal Group quickly became the premier French auction house and in the top rank in Europe.

From the very beginning, the Artcurial Group has brought its creativity and innovative vision to the art market and the auction sector. Since its creation, Artcurial has experienced growth unparalleled in Europe and with its pioneering spirit has opened the way to attracting new collectors.

In 2006, in collaboration with His Royal Highness The Aga Khan, Nicolas also founded the Arqana Group; which is today one of the world’s major bloodstock auction houses.

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François Tajan

François Tajan

Deputy Chairman

With a law degree and a university diploma in the history of art, François started his career in cinema production before moving into the auction world, joining his father Jacques’ eponymous auction house, Etude Tajan SA, in 1990.


With a law degree and a university diploma in the history of art, François started his career in cinema production before moving into the auction world, joining his father Jacques’ eponymous auction house, Etude Tajan SA, in 1990. Here he organised Art Deco sales which quickly became a major speciality of the firm, establishing several world records for the great designers of this creatively rich period. After this, he took over the 20th century department working as associate auctioneer, eventually becoming Chairman of the Board, a position he held until 2005.

That same year, François decided to join Artcurial as co-Chairman, becoming Deputy Chairman in 2015.

He has been particularly active in the firm’s international development, opening a number of representative offices - in Belgium, Italy, Austria, Germany and Monaco. He also set up a structure in Monaco which organises twice-yearly sales - in January and July - consisting of a week of prestige auctions of jewellery, collectors’ clocks and watches and vintage Hermès, with the result that Artcurial is now the undisputed leader in these fields in France and Monaco. Due to his efforts, Artcurial has become one of Europe’s leading auction houses and continues to see impressive international growth.

François is also responsible for the successes achieved in the field of graphic novels, with the largest sale ever dedicated to Hergé, in June 2014, bringing 5.3m Euros. Additionally, he organised the auction of the Oriental and Islamic Art collection of Xavier Guerrand-Hermès in March 2014, and in October 2015 the sale of the collection belonging to Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent, entitled A Moroccan Passion, which took place in Marrakesh. In March 2014 items and objets d’art from Félix Marcilhac’s Art Deco collection came under his hammer, with a total for the auction of 24.7m Euros. More recently, in October 2017, the collection of Paul Lombard, the renowned lawyer, came up for sale, reaching a grand total of 6m Euros, double its estimate.

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Fabien Naudan

Fabien Naudan

Vice Chairman

After studies in the US and in France, Fabien decided to follow a career doing something he loved: firstly 10 years spent in the fashion business - starting with Paul Smith and then with APC, before his passion for contemporary furniture led him to create the Design Department at Artcurial.


After studies in the US and in France, Fabien decided to follow a career doing something he loved: firstly 10 years spent in the fashion business - starting with Paul Smith and then with APC, before his passion for contemporary furniture led him to create the Design Department at Artcurial.

By 2004, after only 2 years of activity, he was already the leader in his field in Europe. Among his successes are the sale ‘Light is More - a century of lighting’; (November 2005), where the personal collection of the designer Ingo Maurer was sold and, confirming the place of the Design Department at a world level, setting four of the highest prices reached at auction for pieces by Jean Prouvé, including the world record for a piece of furniture with the Table Trapèze, selling for €1,241,800 (including commission) in May 2014.

Fabien was appointed Vice-president of Artcurial in 2013, and since oversees all the activities relating to the XXth century - from decorative arts to contemporary art. He has notably initiated new, transversal sales, aimed at a younger, urban clientele who are seeking works of art to decorate the interiors of their homes. This was particularly the case for the highly successful MORE and Limited Edition auctions.

Under his guidance, the XXth century departments saw growth of 16% in sales volume in 2016, driven mainly by auctions involving the sale of private collections (Collection Geneviève and Pierre Hebey, Collection Brollo, Collection Vincent Wapler, Collection Michel Fedoroff, Collection Jean Leymarie, etc.) and with several record prices being set, including a Marcel Duchamp painting (sold for €1.2m in June 2016) and a Marc Newson chest of drawers - Pod of Drawers (sold for €1m in October 2016).

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Matthieu Lamoure

Matthieu Lamoure

Managing Director of Artcurial Motorcars

Matthieu Lamoure has been running Artcurial Motorcars since 2010, when he took over Artucurial’s Classic Cars Department created by Hervé Poulain.


Matthieu Lamoure has been running Artcurial Motorcars since 2010, when he took over Artucurial’s Classic Cars Department created by Hervé Poulain.

Son of art teachers, who passed on to him their taste for aesthetics, Matthieu became fascinated by the beauty of motorcars from a very early age. In 1996, after studies based on art, art appraisal and the art market, he started his career with Hervé Poulain.

In 2003 he joined Bonhams Europe in Geneva as a specialist, becoming Director - Europe three years later. He launched the famous English auction house’s automobile sales at the annual French classic car show, Retromobile, as well as overseeing auctions in Monaco, Gstaad and Reims.

Four years later Hervé Poulain, wanting to take a step back, offered Matthieu the opportunity to take over his Classic Cars Department at Artcurial. In 2010, accompanied by Pierre Novikoff and Iris Hummel, he took the wheel of this historic department, creating a completely new image with a revitalised communication strategy and renaming it Artcurial Motorcars; today it is the leader in its field in Continental Europe.

Through official auctions at Paris’s Retromobile and at the Le Mans Classic and classic car sales on the Champs Elysées in Paris and in Monaco, the department’s turnover rose from €6m in 2009 to nearly €80m in 2016. Matthieu has been entrusted with the sale of many historic collections, including the cars of HSH The Prince of Monaco in 2012, the Citroëns of André Trigano and the ‘Solo Alfa’ and Alain Prost collections. His sales have seen multiple world records broken, for example the 1957 Ferrari 335S from the Pierre Bardinon Collection, which fetched €32m, setting the record price for a car sold at auction (in Euros and Pounds). Discovering the Baillon Collection together with his colleague Pierre Novikoff, the biggest barn find of untouched classic cars in the last 50 years, remains one of his most unforgettable moments.

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Joséphine Dubois

Joséphine Dubois

Finance and Administration Director

In 1999, after graduating with a Master’s in Banking and Insurance, Josephine Dubois joined Nicolas Orlowski’s press and luxury trade show businesses as a general manager.


In 1999, after graduating with a Master’s in Banking and Insurance, Josephine Dubois joined Nicolas Orlowski’s press and luxury trade show businesses as a general manager.

In 2002 she joined Artcurial Holdings and in 2005 took over management of all administration at the auction house subsidiary and was appointed the group’s Finance and Administration Director. In October 2015 she became a member of Artcurial’s board.

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Associates

Martin Guesnet

Martin Guesnet

Senior Associate Director

Martin Guesnet, half French half German, is passionate about contemporary art. For 10 years he was an actor with avant-garde theatre troops in Germany before switching to concentrate on the fine arts. From 1986 to 1997 he was Director of the Galerie Beaubourg, Paris/Vence, after which he managed the Karsten Greve gallery in Paris.


Martin Guesnet, half French half German, is passionate about contemporary art. For 10 years he was an actor with avant-garde theatre troops in Germany before switching to concentrate on the fine arts. From 1986 to 1997 he was Director of the Galerie Beaubourg, Paris/Vence, after which he managed the Karsten Greve gallery in Paris.

He joined Francis Briest auction house in 1998 and dedicated himself to developing the contemporary art sales market in France. Between 2002 and 2014 he managed Artcurial’s Contemporary Art Department where, under his direction, several collections were sold, including those of Jean Bousquet, Daniel and Florence Guerlain and Micheline and Claude Renard, as well as Jean Pollack.

In 2012 he was made a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

In 2014 Martin was appointed Director - Europe and is in charge of developing Artcurial’s European activities and co-ordinating the German, Austrian, Belgian and Italian offices.

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Stéphane Aubert

Stéphane Aubert

Associate Director

After having studied Law and The History of Art, Stéphane Aubert became an auctioneer in 2003. He joined Artcurial at its creation, in the Furniture and Objets d’Art Department, and played an important role in the sales of the Rossignol (2005) and Ledoux-Lébard (2006) collections.


After having studied Law and The History of Art, Stéphane Aubert became an auctioneer in 2003. He joined Artcurial at its creation, in the Furniture and Objets d’Art Department, and played an important role in the sales of the Rossignol (2005) and Ledoux-Lébard (2006) collections.

In 2005 he created the Inventories and Collections Department, co-ordinating the specialist teams of the company. He is often the first point of contact for the auction house; his background and his legal training enabling him to offer precious counsel to those seeking to have their items or their collections appraised.

Stéphane is also at the origin of the immensely successful luxury hotel furniture event-sales, such as the Trianon Palace in Versailles in 2007, The Crillon (achieving €6m) and the Plaza Athénée (achieving €1.4m) in 2013, and Monaco’s Hôtel de Paris (achieving €3.1m) in 2015, and also the world famous restaurant La Tour D’Argent in 2016. He was also instrumental in rediscovering Rodin’s sculpture Andromède.

He conducts his auctions with dynamism, know-how and consummate skill.

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Emmanuel Berard

Emmanuel Berard

Associate Director

After studying Economics at university, Emmanuel Berard decided he wanted to work in the cultural sector. He started off by managing communication for the dance festival in his home town of Montpellier for 3 years,


After studying Economics at university, Emmanuel Berard decided he wanted to work in the cultural sector. He started off by managing communication for the dance festival in his home town of Montpellier for 3 years, before moving to Paris to work in the communication department of the Ministry of Culture. Four years later he left for Venice to join the team at the Palazzo Grassi, where he managed commercial and publishing matters. In the autumn of 2008 he was recruited by Artcurial to look after the auction house’s marketing and communication.

In 2013 he became an associate and took over management of the Design Department, ensuring its continued success by developing new market sectors (Scandinavian Design, etc.) and creating new themed sales, each of which is a major event in the auction calendar. After ‘Design Masterpieces’ (bringing together 20 lots of a perfect collection) and ‘Heavy Metal’ (an auction on the theme of the use of metal in design), he is now preparing ‘Charlotte For Ever’, a sale of 20 exceptional pieces, dedicated to the creative genius of Charlotte Perriand and organised to coincide with the FIAC.


 

 

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Olivier Berman

Olivier Berman

Associate Director

Olivier Berman began his career in the 1980s at the Galerie Gary-Roche, which had been founded by his grand-parents at the end of the 19th century. He contributed to the rediscovery of movements which were little known at the time, most notably Orientalism and Symbolism.


Olivier Berman began his career in the 1980s at the Galerie Gary-Roche, which had been founded by his grand-parents at the end of the 19th century. He contributed to the rediscovery of movements which were little known at the time, most notably Orientalism and Symbolism. From 1994 he was the specialist in 19th century paintings for the Francis Briest auction house.

He joined Artcurial in 2008 to create and develop the Orientalism department which, since 2010, has been the leader in continental Europe. In 2011, just three years after his arrival, he achieved the world record for a work by Jacques Majorelle, which fetched 1,315,000 Euros.

By launching themed sales and travelling exhibitions in Morocco - Jacques Majorelle and his Contemporaries in 2011, Moroccan Spirit in 2014, A Moroccan Passion - The Pierre Bergé & Yves Saint Laurent Collection in 2015, Paris / Marrakech in 2016, Olivier has had a huge impact on the growth in interest in this specialist area, now much sought after by an international clientele, comprising both major collectors and museums.

He has also made a major contribution to the success of the Impressionist and Modern Art department, notably with the sale, in December 2013, of Gustave Caillebotte’s painting ‘Le Pont de l’Europe’ which fetched more than 1,800,000 Euros.

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Isabelle Bresset

Isabelle Bresset

Associate Director

Isabelle Bresset began her career in 1992 at the Drouot auction house, working with some of the most famous experts of this period, qualifying as an auctioneer in 1995. In 1997 she joined Christie’s in London before moving to Paris to work in the Furniture and Objets d’Art Department.


Isabelle Bresset began her career in 1992 at the Drouot auction house, working with some of the most famous experts of this period, qualifying as an auctioneer in 1995. In 1997 she joined Christie’s in London before moving to Paris to work in the Furniture and Objets d’Art Department. This was the time when the famous British auction house was becoming more and more important in France and was then organising its sales in Monaco. Isabelle was in charge of selling the collections of Akram Ojjeh (1999), Delbée Jansen (1999) and Lagerfeld (2000), among others, where she also acted as auctioneer.

In 2002 the first sales started to take place on Avenue Matignon in Paris, including collections from Charles Otto Zieseniss, Nelia Barletta de Cates and Talleyrand. In 2007 she was alone to be chosen by Christie’s to take the Royal Collection Studies course, organised by the Attingham Trust. She wielded the hammer for the first time for Christies at the sale of the Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé collection in 2009. That same year she joined Artcurial, taking charge of the Furniture and Objets d’Art Department, to which she later added the Asian Arts Department (2011) and the Islamic Archaeology and Arts Department (2012). As an expert having earned the recognition of her peers, she participated in the documentary on the opening of the new Furniture and Objets d’Art rooms at the Louvre Museum, working alongside historians and curators. Her most recent project took her to Asia, when Artcurial entrusted her with organising its first auctions in Hong Kong in 2015 and 2016.

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Matthieu Fournier

Matthieu Fournier

Associate Director

Matthieu Fournier joined Artcurial in 2005 as both a specialist and an auctioneer, and in 2007 created the department dedicated to Old Masters and the XIXth century.
Having studied law, history and history of art, he joined Christie’s to develop his skills as an art expert, where he also trained as an auctioneer in the Inventory Department.


Matthieu Fournier joined Artcurial in 2005 as both a specialist and an auctioneer, and in 2007 created the department dedicated to Old Masters and the XIXth century.

Having studied law, history and history of art, he joined Christie’s to develop his skills as an art expert, where he also trained as an auctioneer in the Inventory Department.

The dynamism and efficiency he has brought to his clientele of demanding collectors have enabled him to take Artcurial’s Old Masters Department from €1.5m of sales in 2007 to more than €11m of sales in 2016, establishing numerous records along the way and organising the sale of several prestigious private collections.

It was under his hammer that the Louis Grandchamp des Raux collection was sold (€8.7m) in March 2015. The success of Artcurial’s Old Masters and XIXth century department owes much to the 8-year partnership between Matthieu and the specialist Elisabeth Bastier and the quality of catalogues they produce, highly appreciated by the international community of collectors, curators and connoisseurs.

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Bruno Jaubert

Bruno Jaubert

Associate Director

In 2002, after 15 years spent working firstly in publishing and then the modern art market with major Parisian auction houses, Bruno Jaubert joined the Impressionist and Modern Art Department of the newly created Artcurial auction house.


In 2002, after 15 years spent working firstly in publishing and then the modern art market with major Parisian auction houses, Bruno Jaubert joined the Impressionist and Modern Art Department of the newly created Artcurial auction house.

He is a seasoned expert of both art and the art market and he has quietly developed a reputation as a key player and trusted adviser among collectors. His passion and his determination to unearth high quality works of art have enabled him to offer some truly exciting pieces.

Among his best sales have been a rediscovered painting by Lyonel Feininger which sold for €5,7m in May 2011 to an American connoisseur, Aristide Maillol’s La Rivière, reaching €6,1m in December 2013, a world record auction price for a work by this artist and Auguste Rodin’s magnificent sculpture Andromède which fetched €3,7m in May 2017.

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Julie Valade

Julie Valade

Associate Director

With a law degree, studies at the prestigious Louvre School of Art and as a graduate of the French National Institute of Gemmology, Julie Valade earned her stripes working alongside Jacques Tajan in the Art Deco Department, then in managing the Jewellery Department at Tajan auction house.


With a law degree, studies at the prestigious Louvre School of Art and as a graduate of the French National Institute of Gemmology, Julie Valade earned her stripes working alongside Jacques Tajan in the Art Deco Department, then in managing the Jewellery Department at Tajan auction house.

Having learned the art and science of appraisal with Chantal Beauvois, in 2005 she was asked by François Tajan to create the Jewellery and Watch and Clock Department for Artcurial.

In July 2006, the first Artcurial sale in Monaco sold, among other notable lots, a blue diamond for €1.4m.

For more than 10 years Julie, together with her team, has worked diligently in providing high quality services to sellers and buyers, setting record after record for pieces made by the greatest names in jewellery - Suzanne Belperron, Boivin, Van Cleef and Arpels, Cartier,etc., as well as for exceptional stones, such as the Van Cleef and Arpels ring set with a pear diamond weighing 16.87 carats which sold for €1.7m in 2014 or a Kashmir sapphire which sold for €900,000 in 2015.

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Conseil de surveillance et stratégie

Francis Briest

Francis Briest

Chairman

Co-founder of Artcurial, a graduate in Art History and Gemmology together with a Law degree, Francis Briest was Chairman and then co-Chairman of the auction house from 2002 to 2015,


Co-founder of Artcurial, a graduate in Art History and Gemmology together with a Law degree, Francis Briest was Chairman and then co-Chairman of the auction house from 2002 to 2015, after which he took over as Chairman of Artcurial’s Supervisory and Strategy Board.

Francis organises and manages the major Modern and Contemporary Art auctions as well as sales of prestigious collections, such as those of Jacques Damase, Ambroise Vollard, Henri Potez, Maurice Raynal, Henriette and André Gomès, Jacques and Madeleine Matarasso, Henri Cachin, Louis Carré, Perrot-Moore, Geneviève Laporte, Alice Teriade, Gerard Oury, Dina Vierny, Pierre Hebey and Jean Leymarie, as well as the Brollo de Giacometti collection.

Many exceptional pieces have reached record prices under his hammer: among the sculptures were an Alexander Calder Mobile (3.1 million Euros), Aristide Maillol’s La Rivière (6.2 million Euros) and Rodin’s Andromède (nearly 3.7 million Euros).  Among the paintings were Nicolas de Staël’s Nu Couché (7 million Euros), Jean-Michel Basquiat’s small Santo (2.6 million Euros), Salvador Dali’s The Sewing Machine (1.8 million Euros), a composition by Zao Wou Ki (1.5 million Euros) and Lyonel Feininger’s Hafen von Swinemunde (5.7 million Euros).  

He sits on the Board of Admistrators of both the Maillol Museum and the Association of Friends of Jean Dubuffet as well as Chairman of the Friends of the Donjon de Vez, a listed historic site where he organises sculpture exhibitions - Calder, Dubuffet, Miro, American sculpture, Giacometti, Lee Ufan, etc.

Since 2012 he has been Chairman of the endowment funds of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport’s Espaces Musées, whose purpose is to promote French artistic heritage to an international audience.  Exhibitions are organised in partnership with major Parisian cultural institutions such as the Rodin Museum, the Picasso Museum Paris, etc.

Lastly, Francis founded the Artcurial Cultural Agency, which offers tailor-made solutions for the design and setting up of cultural and artistic activities.  This cultural consulting service is intended primarily for companies, foundations and institutions wishing to strengthen the cultural identity of a place or location, establish a long-term culture policy, organise a cultural event or create a heritage site.

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Axelle Givaudan

Axelle Givaudan

Secretary General, Director of Corporate Affairs

In 1996, After having specialised in old paintings and working on the art market for a British auction house, Axelle Givaudan took over the management of operations at the Jacquemart-André Museum in Paris


In 1996, After having specialised in old paintings and working on the art market for a British auction house, Axelle Givaudan took over the management of operations at the Jacquemart-André Museum in Paris, where she was responsible for increasing ticket sales and developing relationships with sponsors and where she organised temporary exhibitions on various themes, such as 17th century Portuguese Still Life and Thracian Gold.

After this experience, in 2002 she joined The French National Maritime Museum as Director of Museographic Services.

In 2007 she was appointed General Secretary at Artcurial and in 2015 she took on the role of Director of Institutional Affairs.

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Scientific Advisor

Serge Lemoine

Serge Lemoine

Scientific Advisor

Serge Lemoine is a French art historian. He has shared his time between university teaching and managing the Museum of Grenoble and Paris’s Musée d’Orsay.


Serge Lemoine is a French art historian. He has shared his time between university teaching and managing the Museum of Grenoble and Paris’s Musée d’Orsay.

He has taught at the University of Dijon in Burgundy, the School of Art at the Louvre in Paris - where he was the first to hold the chair of XIXth century art - and at the Sorbonne, where he is Professor Emeritus. As a specialist in the XIXth century, in Puvis de Chavannes, in Les Nabis and in Jean-Paul Laurens and constructivist art of the XXth century, in Dadaism and in Purism, he has published many works and organised many exhibitions on these themes, including photography and design.

He has curated major exhibitions on the beginnings of modern art from the XIXth and XXth centuries - The Mountain Sentiment and Signac and Colour at the Museum of Grenoble, Towards Modern Art: from Puvis de Chavannes to Matisse and Picasso at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice and The Origins of Abstraction - Neo-impressionism from Seurat to Paul Klee at Musée d’Orsay.

He has organised many artist-themed exhibitions, both in France and internationally, notably at the Museum of Grenoble - Jan Schoonhoven, Richard-Paul Lohse, Helmut Federle, Fischli and Weiss, Christian Boltanski, Annette Messager, Imi Knoebel, Rebecca Horn, César Domela and François Morellet; in Paris at the Pompidou Centre - Kurt Schwitters, at the Musée d’Orsay - Maurice Denis, Ferdinand Hodler and Lovis Corinth, at the Grand Palais - Klimt, Schiele, Moser and Kokoschka and at the French Cinémathèque - Renoir Renoir; at the National Art Center of Tokyo - The Art of Monet and its posterity.

He organised the François Morellet retrospective at the Pompidou Centre and, in 2013, the exhibition Dynamo - a century of light and movement in art 1913 - 2013 at the Grand Palais in Paris.

Serge is also the author of numerous books and essays, notably on Piet Mondrian and De Stijl, François Morrelet, Aurelie Nemours, Auguste Herbin, Carmen Herrera, Alberto Biasi, Antonio Calderara, Piero Dorazio, Lars-Gunnar Nordström, Mario Ballocco and many other artists.

He is publishing with Faton Publishers The Writings of Jacques Thullier, five volumes of which have already been released.

He is Artcurial’s scientific and cultural advisor and in this capacity he has created, together with Francis Briest Espace Musées, an area dedicated to art inside Charles de Gaulle airport, where exhibitions are organised in collaboration with the major Paris museums and cultural institutions.

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GROUPE ARTCURIAL SA

Nicolas Orlowski

Nicolas Orlowski

CEO

Nicolas Orlowski is Chairman of Artcurial group, which he founded in 2002. An entrepreneur at heart, he has created and built several companies connected with the art of living and luxury sectors.


Nicolas Orlowski is Chairman of Artcurial group, which he founded in 2002. An entrepreneur at heart, he has created and built several companies connected with the art of living and luxury sectors.

The Artcurial gallery/bookshop which Nicolas Orlowski acquired from the L’Oréal Group quickly became the premier French auction house and in the top rank in Europe.

From the very beginning, the Artcurial Group has brought its creativity and innovative vision to the art market and the auction sector. Since its creation, Artcurial has experienced growth unparalleled in Europe and with its pioneering spirit has opened the way to attracting new collectors.

In 2006, in collaboration with His Royal Highness The Aga Khan, Nicolas also founded the Arqana Group; which is today one of the world’s major bloodstock auction houses.

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Hervé poulain

Hervé Poulain

Honorary Chairman of Groupe Artcurial SA

Hervé Poulain is an emblematic figure in the art world and has orchestrated with great aplomb sales in all specialities since 1969.

Mad about beauty and speed, amateur pilot and art professional,


Hervé Poulain is an emblematic figure in the art world and has orchestrated with great aplomb sales in all specialities since 1969.

Mad about beauty and speed, amateur pilot and art professional, he invented the concept of Art Cars by asking Modern Artists (Calder, Stella, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Arman, César, Wolinski) to paint the cars he piloted during Le Mans 24 Hour race. Amongst his eleven entries between 1975 and 1998 ‘the fastest auctioneer in the world’ finished the endurance race six times with his best result a victory in his class with a BMW 2L in 1977 and 6th overall in a BMW M1 in 1979.

Hervé Poulain has organised motorcar sales in France since 1974 at a rate of four to six per year. In 2002 he co-founded the auction house Artcurial and became President of Honour in 2015. In 2010, anxious to sustain the Motorcars department he convinced Matthieu Lamoure and Pierre Novikoff to leave an Anglo-Saxon auction house and much to his great delight they agreed to take over the reins at Artcurial. Better than any trio, they are a triumvirat! The three compères breathe a unique ambiance into their department and auctions thanks to their knowledge, unique spirit, authority and enthusiasm.

Hervé Poulain is the author of books; L’Art et l'Automobile (1973), Un Siècle de peinture française (1976), Une Collection d'Avance (1986), L’Art, la Femme et l’Automobile (1989), Mes Pop Cars (2006), Le marteau et son maître (2010).

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Francis Briest

Francis Briest

Vice Chairman

Co-founder of Artcurial, a graduate in Art History and Gemmology together with a Law degree, Francis Briest was Chairman and then co-Chairman of the auction house from 2002 to 2015,


Co-founder of Artcurial, a graduate in Art History and Gemmology together with a Law degree, Francis Briest was Chairman and then co-Chairman of the auction house from 2002 to 2015, after which he took over as Chairman of Artcurial’s Supervisory and Strategy Board.

Francis organises and manages the major Modern and Contemporary Art auctions as well as sales of prestigious collections, such as those of Jacques Damase, Ambroise Vollard, Henri Potez, Maurice Raynal, Henriette and André Gomès, Jacques and Madeleine Matarasso, Henri Cachin, Louis Carré, Perrot-Moore, Geneviève Laporte, Alice Teriade, Gerard Oury, Dina Vierny, Pierre Hebey and Jean Leymarie, as well as the Brollo de Giacometti collection.

Many exceptional pieces have reached record prices under his hammer: among the sculptures were an Alexander Calder Mobile (3.1 million Euros), Aristide Maillol’s La Rivière (6.2 million Euros) and Rodin’s Andromède (nearly 3.7 million Euros).  Among the paintings were Nicolas de Staël’s Nu Couché (7 million Euros), Jean-Michel Basquiat’s small Santo (2.6 million Euros), Salvador Dali’s The Sewing Machine (1.8 million Euros), a composition by Zao Wou Ki (1.5 million Euros) and Lyonel Feininger’s Hafen von Swinemunde (5.7 million Euros).  

He  sits on the Board of Admistrators of both the Maillol Museum and the Association of Friends of Jean Dubuffet as well as Chairman of the Friends of the Donjon de Vez, a listed historic site where he organises sculpture exhibitions - Calder, Dubuffet, Miro, American sculpture, Giacometti, Lee Ufan, etc.

Since 2012 he has been Chairman of the endowment funds of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport’s Espaces Musées, whose purpose is to promote French artistic heritage to an international audience.  Exhibitions are organised in partnership with major Parisian cultural institutions such as the Rodin Museum, the Picasso Museum Paris, etc.

Lastly, Francis founded the Artcurial Cultural Agency, which offers tailor-made solutions for the design and setting up of cultural and artistic activities.  This cultural consulting service is intended primarily for companies, foundations and institutions wishing to strengthen the cultural identity of a place or location, establish a long-term culture policy, organise a cultural event or create a heritage site.

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Executive Board

Executive Board

Francis Briest, Olivier Costa de Beauregard, Nicole Dassault, Laurent Dassault, Carole Fiquémont, Marie-Hélène Habert, Nicolas Orlowski, Hervé Poulain.


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