Grand Palais, Paris
September 14-23
1 Avenue Géneral Eisenhower, 75008 Paris
+33 1 44 13 17 17
www.sna-france.com/

The 26th Biennale des Antiquaires marks the event’s 50th anniversary and will be the largest Biennale to date with over 120 leading international art, antiquities and fine jewelry dealers representing over $50 billion worth of archaeological treasures, arms and armor, furniture, paintings, drawings, graphic works, sculpture, books and illuminated manuscripts, tapestries, rugs, objects d'art, coins and medals, stamps, ceramics and jewelry.

Since 1962, the Syndicat National des Antiquaires (SNA) has hosted the Biennale des Antiquaires, opening Paris’ Beaux-Arts Grand Palais to welcome the foremost art and antiquities exhibitors as well as the world’s most important collectors.

This year, the SNA has asked Karl Lagerfeld to stage, decorate and create the visuals for the Biennale "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,” says Christian Deydier, Président of the SNA. “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."

Lagerfeld will transform the Paris landmark into a shopping street from the end of the nineteenth century and will install an antique hot air balloon in the center of the space as a nod to the 1909 Paris Air Show and the first exhibitions housed in the building. The fair will also mark the reopening of the Grand Palais’ Salon d’Honneur wing following a 70-year public closure for renovations.

"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," says Lagerfeld of his involvement.