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New gallery on the Monaco rock

Galerie Birch opens on 27th June 2017

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Pam Williamson | Monaco Editor | Published: 21 Jun 2017


New gallery on the Monaco rock

The daughter of one of Europe’s most prolific art dealers will open a brand new gallery later this month in Monaco as a legacy to his career.

Anette Birch, who’s Danish father Borge Birch was honoured by the French government for his significant contribution to modern art in France, will open Galerie Birch Monaco on Tuesday 27th June 2017, with a viewing of its inaugural exhibition ‘An Artistic Adventure’. The gallery in rue Basse, Monaco-Ville, will be run by Anette and her daughter, Caroline.

At the forefront of their inaugural exhibition will be 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 will also be important pieces from 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 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 an opportunity to move to this great cosmopolitan village, and it has since gone on to fulfil 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.”

A viewing of ‘An Artistic Adventure’ will be held from 16:00 to 19:00 on Tuesday 27th June. The gallery will then be open every day from Tuesday to Friday, from 11:00 to 13:00 and 14:30 to 18:00, and Saturday, from 11:00 to 15:00.  Otherwise by appointment. 

The Birch ladies will also be holding ’Tuesday on the Rock’ viewings every Tuesday, from 16:00 to 19:00, at the gallery where visitors can enjoy the art whilst also enjoying one of Anette's favourite cocktails.