Confessions of an art dealer
The Berlin dealer Mehdi Chouakri tells us (most of) his art secrets
By Gareth Harris. From Art Basel daily edition
Published online: 11 June 2013
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,
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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