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Confessions of an art dealer: Olivier Antoine

The director of Art: Concept, Paris on religion, Hieronymus Bosch, and the history of civilisations

Olivier Antoine

My biggest mistake… is to start a conversation about religions.

My secret passion… Archeologia.

The museum I’d like to lead… the Pergamon Museum [in Berlin].

The artist I should have signed… Jerome [Hieronymus] Bosch.

Things that keep me awake at 3am… the history of civilisations.

I last cooked for… my daughters.

I should have been… a bird.

I enjoy the company of… everyone but only one at a time.

Dealers are misunderstood because… they like to complain.

Fairs are important… and convenient for collectors.

Small talk is… a way to stay polite with humankind.

A recurring nightmare involves… my gallery.

I was happiest when… I was brainless.

My greatest achievement is… to be complete.

The most under-rated art movement is… Le Lettrisme [a French avant-garde movement of the 1940s].

The next big thing… doesn't concern me.

I wish I had met… Alcibiades [an Athenian general who died around 400BC].

Travel broadens… knowledge and humility.

Life’s too short to… talk about it.

My favourite person in the art world is… the person I live with.

My Art Basel dream is… come, pass by our booth to make it come true!

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