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Yves Saint Laurent passes away

On June 1st 2008 at 11.10pm, Yves Saint Laurent passed away at his Paris home as the result of a glioblastoma (brain tumour) detected 14 months previously.
A funeral service was held on June 5th, in the presence of the President of the Republic, at the Eglise Saint Roch in Paris. The service was conducted by Père Letteron, the artists’ chaplain.
As “Grand Officier de la legion d’honneur”, Yves Saint Laurent received full military honours outside the church.
On June 11th, in the presence of numerous personalities and friends, Yves Saint Laurent’s ashes were scattered at Villa Oasis, his private residence in Marrakech.
Immediately afterwards, a stele erected in his memory was inaugurated in the Majorelle Gardens. These gardens, open to the public, were donated by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé to a British foundation at the beginning of the 1980s, before becoming in 2010 the property of the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, a public institution recognized by French law. They receive more than 600,000 visitors every year.

Yves Saint Laurent would have been 72 on August 1st 2008.

09/10/2008 L'art de la Préface

A new book by Pierre Bergé: L'art de la préface
« For as long as I can remember I have always loved prefaces. The first I ever read was by Théophile Gautier for Mademoiselle de Maupin. It doesn't appear in this book because it would be too long, but I have not forgotten it. It was the first time I was confronted by the notion of art for art's sake, a notion that was to pursue me from then onwards. I could say the same thing, and for the same reasons, about Marcel Proust's preface to John Ruskin's The Bible of Amiens. If I have chosen to entitle this anthology L'art de la preface, it is precisely in order to show that a preface is no ordinary text: an admiring tribute to the author, a critical analysis, an attentive search for detail. It is all this and much more still. The expression "It's quite an art" could not be more appropriate. »
Pierre Bergé

The work
For this collection Pierre Bergé has chosen to bring together 18 prefaces by remarkable writers such as Proust, Valéry, Claudel, Jouhandeau, Mallarmé, Gracq or Malraux, practically all written for French works.
These famous prefaces, often impossible to find, sometimes forgotten, are once again available here. All of them appeal to us for their classicism or their daring, their freedom of tone or their aptness. They stand out for their lofty sense of vision and the often unexpected encounter between a work and a writer transformed into a preface writer of genius.
Hence we see Claudel and Giono busying themselves with the Iliad and the Odyssey, discover that Gide liked to keep company with Goethe, share Tzara's bedazzlement at Villon's poetry, relive the Fronde with Morand presenting Saint-Simon, or read Chamfort through the eyes of Camus, Chateaubriand through those of Julien Gracq…
Pierre Bergé abandons theory in order to remind us of his prodigious taste for "art for art's sake". Himself an expert preface writer to these famous preface writers, Pierre Bergé pays tribute to the art of the preface, for it is indeed a genuine art. A man of culture, he has read and reread these works, pondered over their prefaces, these miniature universes in expansion that so eloquently plead the cause of literature.

L'art de la préface
Editions Gallimard
collection « blanche »
304 pp
ISBN : 9782070122813
22,00 euros
In bookshops as of October 9th 2008. Also available from the boutique at the Pierre-Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation.

February 2009 The Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé Collection

“Pierre Bergé and I wished for our selection to reflect our favourite pieces and for it to evolve with them, quality being the only criterion to guide us.” Yves Saint Laurent

The sale of the Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé Collection which will take place in Paris on the 23rd, 24th and 25th February 2009 by Christie's, at the Grand Palais, in association with the Pierre Bergé & Associates auction house.
As in many instances where an artist’s signature style defines a décor, the word “Collection? is uniquely qualified by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé. The works of art found in their respective apartments at the rue de Babylone and the rue Bonaparte, are brought together to become one of the most important collections ever to come onto the art market. A reflection of 50 years of passionate and detailed search for rare and unique pieces, this shared collection is a truly moving exhibition of their affinities with one another. It is one of the most sumptuous private collections of our time, a French paragon of quality and taste, consisting of masterpieces of Modern Art, Art Deco, European furniture and works of art, antiquities, Old Master and 19th century paintings and drawings. The works, amounting to more than 700 in total, are estimated at between 200 and 300 million Euros.
Yves Saint Laurent bequeathed his joint share of the Collection to the Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent Foundation. Pierre Bergé has since decided to put the entire Collection up for sale and to create a new foundation dedicated mainly to scientific research and the fight against AIDS.
The Collection, put together by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, not only displays great quality but is also an expression of creative harmony; alluding to a dialogue between the objects, their owners, their admirers and their settings. Pierre Bergé acknowledged that the art and lifestyle of the Viscount and Viscountess of Noailles served as a source of inspiration to them. He pays ardent homage to these aristocrats and patrons of the arts: “They have been indispensable to the making of me? and, he adds, “it was them who taught us to mix styles, eras and continents.”
Expositions publique d'une sélection d'oeuvres de la Collection Yves Saint Laurent et Pierre Bergé

London, Christie's, from January 30th to February 4th 2009
Bruxelles, Pierre Bergé & Associés, February 7th and 8th 2009

Paris, at the Grand Palais

February 21st: 9am to midnight
February 22nd: 9am to midnight
February 23th: 9am to 1pm

SALES Grand Palais

February 23th - 7pm : Impressionist and Modern Art
February 24th - 2pm : Old Master and 19th Century paintings & Drawings
February 24th - 3pm : Silver, Miniatures and objets of vertu
February 24th - 6pm : 20th century Decorative Arts
February 25th - 1pm : Sculpture and Works of Art
February 25th - 7pm : Asian Art, Ceramic, Furniture, Islamic Art and Antiquities

Pierre Bergé & Associés

Résultats de la vente aux enchères

Le total de la vente aux enchères s'élève à 373 935 500€

Détails sur le site de Christie's
(page en cours)

Février 2009 Collection Yves Saint Laurent et Pierre Bergé

"Nous avons voulu, Pierre Bergé et moi, que notre choix soit le reflet de nos coups de coeur et que notre collection évolue avec eux, la qualité est le seul critère qui nous a guidés." Yves Saint Laurent

La vente de la collection Yves Saint Laurent qui aura lieu à Paris les 23, 24 et 25 février 2009 par Christie's, au Grand Palais, en association avec la maison de ventes aux enchères Pierre Bergé & Associés.

Il est des décors qui sont des signatures d’artistes et l’on mesure ce que représente le mot « Collection » pour Yves Saint Laurent et Pierre Bergé. Les œuvres d’art de leurs appartements respectifs, rue de Babylone et rue Bonaparte s’unissent pour constituer l’une des plus importantes collections que le marché de l’art n’ait jamais connues. Témoignage de 50 années de complicité et de passion à la recherche de l’objet rare et unique, cette collection partagée est l’émouvante mise en scène de leurs affinités. Elle est  l’une des plus somptueuses collections privées de notre temps. Un modèle français de qualité et de goût: chefs-d’œuvre de l’Art Moderne, de l’Art Déco, mobilier et objets d’Art Européen, antiquités, tableaux et dessins anciens et du 19ème siècle composent cet ensemble. Plus de 700 œuvres estimées raisonnablement entre 200 et 300 millions d’euros. Elles seront vendues en février prochain.
Yves Saint Laurent a légué à la Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent sa part indivise de la « Collection ». Pierre Bergé a décidé depuis de mettre en vente la totalité de la « Collection » et de créer une nouvelle fondation consacrée, pour l’essentiel, à la recherche scientifique et à la lutte contre le Sida.
La collection réunie par Yves Saint Laurent et Pierre Bergé révèle en dehors de la qualité des œuvres l’expression d’une complicité créatrice; une façon d’inventer une conversation entre les objets, ceux qui les possèdent, ceux qui les admirent et le décor qui les reçoit. Pierre Bergé reconnaît que l’art et la manière du vicomte et de la vicomtesse de Noailles ont été pour eux une source d’inspiration. A ces aristocrates artistes et mécènes, il rend un vibrant hommage « Ils sont des personnages clés dans ma construction » et il ajoute « c’est chez eux que nous avons appris à mélanger les styles, les époques, les continents ».


Résultats de la vente aux enchères

Le total de la vente aux enchères s'élève à 373 935 500€
Détails sur le site de Christie's

Lettres à Yves

Pierre Bergé, Gallimard, 2010, 12€


5 juin 2008


Comme le matin de Paris était jeune et beau la fois où nous nous sommes rencontrés ! Tu menais ton premier combat. Ce jour-là, tu as rencontré la gloire et depuis, elle et toi, ne vous êtes plus quittés. Comment aurais-je pu imaginer que cinquante années plus tard nous serions là, face à face, et que je m'adresserais à toi pour un dernier adieu ?


C'est la dernière fois que je te parle, la dernière fois que je le peux. Bientôt, tes cendres rejoindront la sépulture qui t'attend dans les jardins de Marrakech.

Yves Saint Laurent - Pierre Bergé
L'Amour fou

un film de Pierre Thoretton
disponible en DVD


1958 : Yves Saint Laurent et Pierre Bergé se rencontrent. Chacun a trouvé l'homme de sa vie. Pour la première fois au cinéma, Pierre Bergé raconte leur histoire d'amour : 50 années ardentes et tourmentées, faites de succès extraordinaires...


Pour voir la bande-annonce du film, cliquez ici.

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