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Confessions of an art dealer

The Berlin dealer Mehdi Chouakri tells us (most of) his art secrets

Mehdi Chouakri

My biggest mistake…was to cancel my participation in Art Basel in 2004, really.

My secret passion…has to remain a secret.

The museum I’d like to lead…Nissim de Camondo in Paris, for instance.

The artist I should have signed…was signed by a colleague. Bad luck.

Things that keep me awake at 3am…Jetlag.

I should have been…Michael Jackson’s ape, perhaps.

I enjoy the company of…intelligent, big-pocketed collectors.

Dealers are misunderstood because…they can be pretty “multi-dimensional” at times.

Fairs are important…but galleries are even more.

Small talk is…hard work.

A recurring nightmare involves…Frieze in the rain, if you know what I mean.

I was happiest when…swimming naked.

My greatest achievement is…always our latest show,

naturally.

The most underrated art movement is…possibly the next big thing.

The next big thing…is possibly the most underrated art movement.

I wish I had met…Louis de Funès.

Travel broadens…my Star Alliance miles account.

Life’s too short to…be poorly dressed.

My favourite person in the art world is…my friend.

My Art Basel dream is to…have no return shipping costs.

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12 Jun 13
16:26 CET

JILL RENNINGER-EMERICK, EAST EARL

Loved his comments!!

11 Jun 13
20:29 CET

GUILLERMO, MONTERREY, MEX

POOR LITTLE GUY. THAT IS WHY THE ART WORLD SOON WILL COLLAPSE.....ALL IS MARKET STRATEGIES......NOW.WHERE ARE REAL THINGS THE SPIRITUAL CONCERN.....AND THE REAL JOY THAT ONLY ART COULD GIVE US...?

11 Jun 13
20:30 CET

JOHANNE DUROCHER NORCHET, SAINT-LAZARE

How lovely to hear from the Nissim de Camondo Museum which also happens to be one of my favourite museums in the world, along with the Frick in New York and the Wallace Collection in London! Thank you for an informative and provocative insight into the mind of a current art dealer. As an art historian, I usually only delve into the minds of long-deceased gallerists. Bravo!

11 Jun 13
16:24 CET

DAN, PARIS

By far the poorest article I've read on this site, this guy has nothing to say.... Keep this up and you will turn into GQ.

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