March 2, 2012

Is Paris Drawing? The Semaine du Dessin 2012

Semaine du Dessin
There is no doubt that Paris is a Capital of Art, and each year the prestigious Semaine du Dessin (Drawing Week) attracts the most important collectors from France and abroad, as well as museum curators from all over the world. Held from March 22 to April 2, 2012, this event allows us to rediscover museums’ reserves, with exhibitions and special auctions. Auction houses conduct sales of Old Master Drawings, many museums display drawing-related exhibitions, art galleries present their best drawings, and finally there are several dealers at the famous Paris flea market exhibiting drawings. This week is a fantastic opportunity to see and be inspired by some of the world’s best drawings.

Salon du Dessin
Now in its 20th year, the Salon du Dessin has made Paris the capital of drawings; and the fair, held in the Palais de la Bourse, is at its center. Carefully chosen from among the most serious and renowned in the field, the participating galleries present a selection of superb drawings dating from the 13th to the 21st century by old masters and contemporary artists. This event is impatiently awaited by all lovers of works on paper.

Salon du Dessin is at the Palais de la Bourse from 28 March–2 April. For more information, visit

Drawing Now/Paris—Le Salon du Dessin Contemporain
The Salon du Dessin Contemporain is the first contemporary art fair dedicated exclusively to contemporary drawings. For its 6th edition, the fair will welcome around 80 international galleries. During 4 days, in the center of Paris, collectors, curators, and art lovers are invited to (re)discover the contemporary artistic scene through the drawings of well-known and emerging artists. 

Drawing Now/Paris is held at the Carrousel du Louvre from 29-March to 1-April 2012.  For more information see

Musée Rodin—Capturing the Model
We know that Rodin was a sculptor but did you know that he was also a creator of drawings?  Later in his life, Rodin launched this new career, drawing every day from a live model. His passion resulted in a collection of more than 7,000 works.

The Musée Rodin presents a collection of 300 drawings from his last 30 years, featuring drawings of ink with splashes of watercolor.

Rodin Museum’s Capturing the Model is held now through 1 April 2012.  Information can be found at

Other events of La Semaine du Dessin include
Maison de Victor Hugo: Les arcs-en-ciel du noir, An invitation to Annie Le Brun/ March 15th – August 26th 2012

Musée Carnavalet: Theatre, dance and music in Paris during the Romantic period – Prints from the Tamvaco collection : February 28th to April 16th 2012

Museum of Modern Art: Eko Nugroho, SAM Art Project: January 13th – April 1st  2012; Christopher Wool: March 30th – August 19th 2012

Museum of Général Leclerc and the Liberation of Paris/Musée Jean Moulin: etchings by Jean Moulin, (Romanin is his artist's name), illustrating poems by Tristan Corbière, Armor (published in 1935). Guided tour: private conference with the museum director, Christine Levisse-Touzé, on Friday March 30th 2012 at 10 am.

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Posted by Daniel Smith, WICE Visual Arts Director