Chambres à Part: a meeting with Laurence Dreyfus

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Chambres à Part is an artistic and exclusive concept of exhibition conceived by the art advisor Laurence Dreyfus for displaying artistic finds that spring from his work in scouting artists at the forefront of contemporary creation. Artsper asked her some questions about his project and his vision of contemporary art.

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{Artsper}: What are your duties as advisor for Chambres à Part ?

Laurence Dreyfus: Chambres à Part is a particular exhibition that I organize and produce every year during the FIAC. It’s all about an event that is supplementary to my work as advisor. I offer a showcase of an ideal collection to my clients. For Chambres à Part IX, I’m presenting my most remarkable finds from 2013 and 2014.

{A}: How long has Chambres à Part existed and how was it established?

LD: Chambres à Part has existed for about ten years. This project was born after the exhibition of collector Harald Falckenberg’s collection at the Maison Rouge for whom I secured the office. I had predicted that collectors would want to discover works in a context outside of trade shows. Thanks to the involvement of two art enthusiasts, I then started to organize this annual exhibition.

At the time, the VIP path of the FIAC was different. So, we created a more personal context to allow art collectors to discover exceptional works that you don’t see everywhere.

{A}: Who are your clients? Private collectors, businesses, institutions?

LD: My clients are, for the most part, international private collectors. Some large foundations also trust me as well, but for the time being I don’t have any business affiliations.

{A}: How do you choose the artists that you put on display?

LD: My selection of artists is the fruit of numerous trips abroad and responds to themes and artistic trends in tune with the times. For example, the “post-Internet” generation of artists are to be followed, I think, with great interest.

My choices result also from observations and dialogues with the artists. I often visit their workshops for the sake of understanding process.

I am also loyal to certain artists that I have been following and supporting for years.

{A}: Among your selection of artists for the 9th edition of Chambres à Part during the FIAC, we find several French artists. In your view, what is the future of French contemporary art?

LD: In a globalized world, French contemporary art has a lot to say. However, French galleries display it all year and for my part I find it less pertinent to display during the week of the FIAC. Two artists that I have supported for years are French: Monique Frydman and Charlotte Cornaton. And I have never stopped promoting them with foreign collectors.

{A}: In your view, who are the artists that are not to be missed this year at the FIAC?

LD: In general, I reserve that answer for my clients, but as I mentioned before, I believe strongly in the “post-Internet” generation artists like Jon Rafman, Oliver Laric, Aleksandra Domenovic and Parker Ito.

{A}: Do you have diversification plans for Chambres à Part in the coming years?

LD: Yes, most certainly. After the success at last spring’s edition of Chambres à Part at the Tower of London, several projects are in the works, especially abroad.

{A}: What artistic event are you looking forward to this fall?

LD: The opening of the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Jeff Koons’ exhibition at the Centre Pompidou and “The Generational Triennial” at the New Museum in New York.

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