Collector profile: Paul-Emmanuel Reiffers
Contemporary Art | A feeling of space and freedom permeates Paul-Emmanuel Reiffers’s childhood spent in the Ivory Coast, where he grew up in an environment of “tolerance and an openness to others.” His father expatriates to Abidjan in the 1960’s, choosing to work abroad as an alternative to military service. He founds a consultancy business and plays an active role in the country’s economic boom, giving his son a taste for exploring all possibilities.
Every year, Paul-Emmanuel visits his artistically inclined grandparents and their taste for collecting feeds his young imagination. From their 18th century and Impressionist collection, a Paul Gauguin painting leaves a lasting mark : a window onto another world, an escape. When he was 14, his family returned to Aix-en-Provence, “a straightjacket” for the adolescent. In Paris at age 16, he once again finds the spirit of free mixing and mingling that he desperately craves : “In Paris, you remake your life every day.”
“Newness is a way of inventing today.” For Paul-Emmanuel Reiffers, founder of Mazarine communication group, contemporary art directly engages with the vitality of the new. “We are a […]
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