Claudia Barbieri Childs

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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

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