THE daughter of one of Europe’s most prolific art dealers has chosen to exhibit his legacy in a brand new gallery which opens this week in Monaco.
Anette Birch, whose Danish father Borge Birch was honoured by the French government for his significant contribution to modern art in France, opened the doors to Galerie Birch Monaco this week where she invites Monegasque residents and friends to follow her on ‘An Artistic Adventure’ in the Monaco-Ville premises.
The gallery in rue Basse is being run by Anette and her daughter, Caroline, 20, the third generation of art dealers who also runs her own gallery Birch Copenhagen – Contemporary Art Gallery in Denmark.
The dynamic Danish duo are planning to run events throughout the summer at the gallery, such as their Tuesday on The Rock evenings which will be held every Tuesday from July 4th until September 26th. The novel idea will allow art lovers and Monaco residents to congregate at the gallery, in the heart of Monaco-Ville just minutes from the Prince’s Palace, and discover works by some of Europe’s most prolific contemporary artists over a cool drink. Anette, who has lived in Monaco since 2011, will be serving up some of her favourite cocktails during the Tuesday on The Rock events, from 4-7pm every week.
At the forefront of the gallery are paintings by world famous artists Asger Jorn, co-founder of the CoBrA art movement in Paris in 1948. Birch was one of the first art dealers to discover the Danish artist and remained friends with him until his death in 1973.
Other artists from this avant-garde movement will also be represented, including Egill Jacobsen, Pierre Alechinsky and Carl-Henning Pedersen, known as ‘Scandanvia’s Chagall’. There are also important pieces by artists who were friends with Jorn, and subsequently Birch, such as Walasse Ting, Jan Voss and Pinot Gallizio.
Anette’s decision to open Galerie Birch Monaco comes 70 years after her father founded Galerie Birch in Copenhagen. As well as being Denmark’s oldest contemporary art gallery, it is also considered an expert on the most significant Danish and French artists of the the Post-War era.
“My father Børge Birch was extremely enthusiastic about the Formula One races, and brought the entire family to Monaco many times during my childhood. I fell in love with the place immediately. In 2011 I was given opportunity to move to this great cosmopolitan village, and it has since gone fulfilled all my expectations – a place where all dreams can come true.
“I am very grateful to be allowed to open a gallery in the prestigious Monaco-Ville. With more than 30 years of experience in the art business, it is still a pleasure to be able to bring beautiful paintings to a new audience. I am excited and honoured to continue of my father’s contribution to the art world.”
The gallery will be open every day from Tuesday to Friday, from 11am-1pm and 2.30-6pm, and Saturday, from 11am to 3pm.