Confessions of an art dealer: Olivier Antoine
The director of Art: Concept, Paris on religion, Hieronymus Bosch, and the history of civilisations
By Gareth Harris. From Art Basel daily edition
Published online: 14 June 2013
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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