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Openings

A bigger splash: France's expanded La Piscine museum reopens after makeover

Former Art Deco swimming pool in Roubaix dives into Modern French sculpture

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Art market

Frank Cohen’s collection goes on the block down under

Sale at Mossgreen in Melbourne has Asian contemporary focus and aims to appeal to expatriate community

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Design auctions buck the downward trend

Expanded access via online platforms has boosted the market for the masters of Modernist furniture

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Conservation & Preservation

Renoir’s restored home becomes a museum

The French Impressionist’s former summer residence in Essoyes opens to the public in June after a major overhaul of its gardens and fin-de-siècle interiors

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Object lessons

Object lessons: a Charles Nègre paper negative and a complete first edition of Goya's bullfight engravings

Our pick of highlights from this week's auctions

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Art fairs

Salon du Dessin bucks the trend of Paris fairs with a boost in attendance and strong sales

More than 13,000 visitors came out to see and buy works on paper at the six-day event

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Rodin's mistress Camille Claudel steps out of sculptor’s shadow with a museum of her own

French artist’s former home displays the rare works she did not destroy after their tragic affair ended

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Economics

What does the election mean for France’s art market?

The country’s presidential election on 7 May could strengthen or derail the trade, with the emergence of far-right contender Marine Le Pen a particular cause for concern

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Second phase of restoration work on Mont St Michel begins

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Heritage

Eiffel Tower to get a €300m facelift

The 15-year plan is intended to bolster Paris’s bid for the 2024 Olympic Games and 2025 World’s Fair

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Auctions

Qianlong seal scooped up by Chinese collector for €21m at Paris auction

The object, owned by one of China’s longest serving emperors, sold for more than 20 times its estimate

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Auctions

Sex sells: Paris’s Musée de l’Érotisme collection hits the auction block

The museum in the Pigalle red light district closed its doors, but you can take home one of its naughty objects

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Work starts at château that made Louis XIV jealous

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Conservation

Renault funds Versailles restoration project

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Art market

In the trade, November 2016

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Exhibitions

Kader Attia wins France's prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize

All four shortlisted artists share a dual cultural identity—a clear political statement by the jury at a time of rising nationalism and tensions over immigration

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Auctions

Cécile Bernard appointed general manager of Sotheby’s France

The Old Master specialist is a strong advocate of online business development and of promoting Paris as an international marketplace

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Conservation

Artist transforms French cathedral treasury into an Aladdin’s cave of colour

Jean-Michel Othoniel used his trademark coloured beads to create an immersive environment

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Conservation

Church murals by Delacroix get a fresh look

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Exhibitions

Marie Antoinette’s personal china among Versailles treasures to travel to Australia

The largest ever loan show organised outside France will feature more than 100 objects from the historic royal palace

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Louvre-Lens to restore Le Brun lost after the French Revolution

Painting of Christ once owned by the Sun King went missing for 200 years and was almost completely obscured by age and layers of dirt

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Paris flea market turns high-tech with web debut

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Conservation

Operation Archangel: statue airlifted for restoration

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Auctions

Doctors without Borders to sell rare Duchamp nude at Paris auction to fund its field operations

The painting was recently classified as a National Treasure, however, which means it cannot leave France

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Heritage

St Michael the Archangel takes flight

A 19th-century statue from Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy was airlifted from its perch above the island abbey to be restored

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Who will lead the Musée d’Orsay?

Some staff question president Guy Cogeval's fitness to keep the post

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Art market

Surfacing on the market, March 2016

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Art

Italian fast car is the star at slow French auctions

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Art

Ivory flagellation beats estimates

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Art market

Widespread forgery of avant-garde artist exposed at Russian Art Week

Expert says nearly 95% of Natalia Goncharova’s 1901-13 oil paintings are fake

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Auctions

Yves Saint Laurent’s partner sells art to support their charities

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Exhibitions

Public show marks first for Kraemer Gallery

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Kapoor accused of courting controversy in Versailles

Racy comments about installations draw ire—and vandals

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Christie’s hires tribal art collector

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In the frame

Take a page out of The Queen’s book

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Auctions

Marina Picasso’s ceramics in London sale

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Auctions

Artcurial auction house to sell in Hong Kong

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Where Marie Antoinette laid her head: Fontainebleau’s reinstated Turkish bedroom opens to the public

Opening marks the completion of a seven-year restoration project

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Commercial galleries

Left-bank galleries offer a bohemian mix of art this weekend

We pick a sampling of shows to see at Paris’s Art Saint-Germain-des-Prés festival

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Auctions

Duchess of Roxburghe’s estate sale to fund restoration of derelict mansion

Sotheby’s to auction the contents of West Horsley Place, including a study for Frederic Leighton’s Flaming June

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Art market

Family connection adds value to Vautrin’s designs

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Art market

Female artists break Old Master records

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Auctions

Bonnard sells well but France loses many works

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Auctions

Timing is key to success of Pisarro at Christie’s

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Restoration

Napoléon drowned, beheaded and restored

Treatment of emperor’s statue may resolve conflicting accounts of its history

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Art fairs

Andy Warhol's Mona Lisa sells for more than $4m at Art Cologne

New three-floor layout revived the German fair this year<br>