With the sale of the ‘last’ Leonardo for an astonishing 450 million dollars it seems that the trend for paying record-breaking sums for works of art is still very much alive and kicking. A few ‘BOZAR artists’ have also set records – albeit of a more modest nature - in recent days.
Pol Bury was the star of the post-war Belgian art auction on 12 November at the Cornette de Saint-Cyr auction house. In the spring of 2017 there was an impressive Pol Bury retrospective at BOZAR which included a number of his impressive kinetic sculptures and fountains.
With over 37,000 visitors the exhibition was incredibly popular and this has clearly had an influence on the art market. The 1995 Bury fountain consisting of 11 steel mirror balls went for 247,000 euro (excluding charges), massively exceeding its valuation.
The following day the French painter Fernand Léger established a record at Christie’s in New York. His 1913 painting Contraste de formes was auctioned off for 70 million dollars. This was almost double the previous record for a Léger canvas, which went for 38 million dollars in 2008.
Is it any coincidence that Léger is also the subject of a prestigious retrospective this year? This exhibition, a collaboration with the Centre Pompidou-Metz, could be seen in France earlier this year and will be on show at BOZAR from Februay 19 2018.