Plans have been unveiled for the Grand Palais’s €466m, three-year renovation, Art Newspaper reports. “At the end of 2020, just over a century after its creation, the Grand Palais will turn a page in its history and begin a transformation that will allow it to finally enter the 21st century,” culture secretary Françoise Nyssen says.
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Cohen, founder of the chain of Glyn Webb Home Improvement Stores, is one of the world’s premier art collectors. Initially a collector of Modern British, his collection now includes many prized 20th Century American and German Art and contemporary Japanese works, specifically those from the Superflat movement.
In early 2007, he opened the gallery Initial Accesss located in Wolverhampton, England. Also expected to open in 2007 is the FC MoCA, Frank Cohen Museum of Contemporary Art, located in Manchester. Sections of his collection featured at the museum will include works by Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Franz Ackerman and many more.
A short, blustery man with cheerful demeanor and a great sense of humor, he can be found snatching up work at prominent art fairs with the likes of Nicolai Frahm.
He has been referred to as both “Charles Saatchi of the North” and “Medici of the North”.