Galerie Zürcher Paris New York
Bernard Zürcher: I became a gallery owner after a more institutional career in the art world. Between 1978 and 1988 I was a curator in the Musée de l’Orangerie and the Palais de Tokyo, during the Musée d’Art Moderne period. At a certain point I got the idea that I’d like to open a gallery as a showcase for contemporary artists, and also for my own predilections. I’d written several books on modern art, including Braque, vie et oeuvre, which remains a standard work. When I was fifteen or so I marveled at the Maeght Foundation and the history of the Maeght gallery, which I regularly visited with my father, who was a collector. One day, while working on an exhibition of works by Matisse, Derain, Vlaminck and Braque, painted between 1905 and 1907, I had a sort of revelation. I realized that these artists had been very young at the time: Braque was 24, and Matisse, the eldest, just 35. This got me interested in the artists of my own generation.