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The most exciting off-site event was without a doubt Kraemer Gallery’s joint exhibition with Kamel Mennour Gallery. For the first-time ever in its 140 years of existence, the Kraemers opened the doors of their stately townhouse – part museum and part private residence – to hold a temporary exhibition, which saw 18th-century French furniture and objets d’art in the Louis XIV, XV and XVI style that once belonged to European royalty (considered to be the world’s largest privately-owned museum-quality collection of such pieces) rub shoulders with artworks by some of the globe’s most sought-after contemporary artists on loan from Kamel Mennour: Anish Kapoor, Daniel Buren, Claude Lévêque and Lee Ufan. As the four artists have a special bond with Versailles or the Louvre, their works easily dialogued with antiques dating from the Age of Enlightenment created by master cabinetmakers André-Charles Boulle, Charles Cressent, Jean-Henri Riesener and Martin Carlin. For example, Kapoor’s large green fiberglass concave disc floated above Riesener’s Louis XVI chased and gilt bronze-mounted mahogany veneer writing table, while Lévêque’s white neon The Passenger illuminated Cressent’s early Louis XV veneered wood marquetry commode with chased and gilt bronze mounts and molded Brèche marble top.