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Art doesn't get by without selfless enthusiasm, and it doesn't get off the ground in the long run. Michael Schultz and Kirstin Floss are about to realise a dream 30 km from Nice. Coaraze - ville fleurie- and easily accessible for mountain goats will become a place of pilgrimage for sculptures. A beautiful terrain in geologically challenging surroundings will provide the backdrop. We have already had a taste of it and from September it will be silent opening.
A week without Germany can be relaxing - but it also increases the awareness that many things are different in other countries, but not better. Shopkeepers' souls are everywhere, even on the other side of the Channel. Their king proclaims gratitude in the German parliament for the commitment to common values, while the emissaries of one of the oldest insurance markets in the world stubbornly stick to their: "We do not underwrite risks in Ukraine", even if there is not even big money involved. Insurers in Germany are further ahead, stating that transports to and from Ukraine are insured, with the exception of the co-insurance of the risk of war.
Düsseldorf and Paris have had something in common as fashion cities since the 20th century. But that's almost where it ends. Paris is much older and has recently been on its way to becoming the number one art trade city in Europe again. Stefan Kobel reports on the fairs that took place at the same time. There was only one gallery from Germany in Paris - somehow significant.
Let's hope that the coming week will be full of pleasant experiences.
Yours, Stephan Zilkens and the team of Zilkens Fine Art Insurance Broker GmbH in Cologne and Solothurn