Who said art was the preserve of the initiated? Collectors, “middle-aged men with (their) grey suits and (their) cigars, and (their) wads of cash in their pockets”? Certainly not Fanny Saulay and Olivia de Fayet, the founders of Wilo & Grove, the new kind of art gallery that has taken over 40 Rue des Petits Carreaux (75002 Paris). A complementary duo as inquisitive as they are passionate – a duo The Socialite Family has followed assiduously since its earliest days – who have made ‘art for all’ their credo, from the opening of their first establishment, the Wiloft, to their current Oasis. A 180 m2 gallery apartment that houses the work of 50 hand-picked artists. All of these achievements have left a deep impression on the two former Christies employees, because the pair works instinctively to put together their catalogue and blow the dust off the art market. A sector that is “rather ‘old-fashioned’ and has been functioning in the same way for centuries”, and is one to which these Parisians have brilliantly opened the doors to the uninitiated. In a setting where one feels “at home” and where visitors can – without a prior appointment – wander around and take in each piece without preconceived ideas but with total sincerity. An approach to the arts where friendliness and accessibility are key, and where Xavier Brunswick’s vintage furniture – also for sale – adds to the experience, creating an environment everyone can relate to. For a unique artistic experience enhanced by the transparency, support and guidance of the two co-founders who will seamlessly integrate you into the Wilo family with their pedagogy and passion!
40 Rue des Petits Carreaux, 75002 Paris, Tuesday to Saturday from 11:30 to 19:30. And if you are not in Paris, you can visit their e-shop to browse their catalogue of works. To contact them: +33 (0) 189 329680.
Photography : Jeanne Perrotte – Text : Juliette Bruneau @thesocialitefamily
Add your comment