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Regard de thierry Ehrmann sur la Demeure du Chaos/Abode of Chaos Musée d’Art Contemporain

Regard(s) de thierry Ehrmann, auteur de la Demeure du Chaos / Abode of Chaos
An eye on the Abode of Chaos/Demeure du Chaos by thierry Ehrmann, the author.

La Demeure du Chaos / Abode of Chaos Musée d’Art Contemporain par thierry Ehrmann,
auteur, sculpteur, plasticien, photographe
The Abode of Chaos/Demeure du Chaos Contemporary Art Museum by thierry Ehrmann,
author, sculptor, artist, photograph

Regard de thierry Ehrmann sur la Demeure du Chaos/Abode of Chaos Musée d'Art Contemporain

Regard de thierry Ehrmann sur la Demeure du Chaos/Abode of Chaos Musée d’Art Contemporain
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Intérieurs jour & nuit / Night and Day: the inside

Regard de thierry Ehrmann sur la Demeure du Chaos/Abode of Chaos Musée d'Art Contemporain

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Regard de thierry Ehrmann sur la Demeure du Chaos/Abode of Chaos Musée d'Art Contemporain

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Nuit sur les Vanités / A glance at the Vanitas by night

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Artprice launches the world’s most comprehensive collaborative “wiki” on art and artists.

Artprice launches the world’s most comprehensive collaborative “wiki” on art and artists.

Artprice is the world’s primary specialist for art market prices and indices with more than 30 million indices and auction results covering over 586,000 artists. Artprice Images (R) offers unlimited access to the world’s largest art market database, a library of 108 million photos or representations of artworks from the year 1700 to the present day, each accompanied by pertinent commentary by our art historians.

Over recent years, Artprice frequently heard artists, beneficiaries, copyright managers, art market professionals, valuers, museums, art historians, sociologists, collectors and art lovers of all kinds express their wish to share their knowledge and their private documentation.

A hard core of 12 million regular contributors, according to thierry Ehrmann, founder and Ceo of Artprice.com.

In total, this community represents a hard core of some 12 million regular contributors who will have to register with Artprice to monitor the evolution of their pages and check, modify or supplement the available information.

Artprice’s historians and editors will of course have final control over the information and will be the only persons authorized to open the accounts of regular contributors.

In addition, they will be able to perform immediate information quality checks and, by the same token, certify contributor authorizations, thanks primarily to Artprice’s 81 different databases (including biographies, auction results, artists’ values and price indices, signatures and monograms, catalogues raisonnés, auction houses, art galleries and dealers, archives, etc.).

After an exhaustive research into the subject, it became clear that a « wiki » of this magnitude does not exist and would be way beyond the means of any other organization.

Artprice is opening its multilingual “wiki” with more than a million artists including 586,000 artists listed on Artprice.com and linked to tens of millions of artworks. The information will be available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Chinese. You can find this new art market data source on: wiki.artprice.com

Regarding the Artprice wiki for Chinese artists, Artprice will rely primarily on its faithful State-backed partner, the Artron Group, via Art Market Monitor of Artron (AMMA).

This operation, which Artprice has been preparing for almost a year, represents a major contribution to Art Market history, and a contribution that is free of charge.

Moreover, for Artprice it represents an opportunity to significantly expand its subscribed client-base to a pool of 12 million authorized contributors.

About Artprice:

Artprice is listed on the Eurolist by Euronext Paris, SRD long only and Euroclear: 7478 – Bloomberg: PRC – Reuters: ARTF.

Atprice is the global leader in art price and art index databanks. It has over 30 million indices and auction results covering more than 570,000 artists. Artprice Images(R) gives unlimited access to the largest Art Market resource in the world: a library of 108 million images or prints of artworks from the year 1700 to the present day, along with comments by Artprice’s art historians.

Artprice permanently enriches its databanks with information from 4,500 auctioneers and it publishes a constant flow of art market trends for the world’s principal news agencies and approximately 7,200 international press publications. For its 3,600,000 members, Artprice gives access to the world’s leading Standardised Marketplace for buying and selling art.

Discover the Alchemy and the universe of Artprice http://web.artprice.com/video, which headquarters are the famous Museum of Contemporary Art, the Abode of Chaos http://goo.gl/zJssd https://vimeo.com/87859684

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The 2014 Art Market Report contains the famous Artprice ranking of the world’s 500 most sought-after artists, the top 100 auction results, market breakdowns by country and by city, by period and by medium, Artprice indices and 21 chapters that provide an uncompromising analysis of the Art Market. It is available free of charge in PDF format at http://imgpublic.artprice.com/pdf/rama2014_en.pdf

Contact : Josette Mey : e-mail : ir@artprice.com

Artprice lance le wiki collaboratif le plus exhaustif sur le monde de l’art et des artistes.

Artprice lance le wiki collaboratif le plus exhaustif sur le monde de l’art et des artistes.

Artprice est le leader mondial des banques de données sur la cotation et les indices de l’Art avec plus de 30 millions d’indices et de résultats de ventes couvrant plus de 586 000 Artistes. Artprice Images(R) permet un accès illimité au plus grand fonds du Marché de l’Art au monde, bibliothèque constituée de 108 millions d’images ou gravures d’oeuvres d’Art de 1700 à nos jours commentées par ses historiens.

A de multiples reprises, depuis plusieurs années, de très nombreux Artistes, Ayants droits, Sociétés de Droit d’Auteurs, Professionnels de l’Art, Experts, Institutionnels, Historiens, Sociologues, Collectionneurs et Amateurs d’Art ont manifesté à Artprice, de manière quotidienne, leur désir de partager leurs connaissances et leurs documentations privées.

Un noyau dur de 12 millions de contributeurs réguliers selon thierry Ehrmann, fondateur and PDG d’ Artprice.com.

Cette communauté représente un noyau dur de 12 millions de contributeurs réguliers qui devront être enregistrés chez Artprice pour suivre l’évolution de leurs pages afin de pouvoir vérifier et si besoin corriger ou compléter l’information disponible.

Les Historiens et Rédacteurs d’Artprice auront bien évidemment le contrôle de l’information finale et seront les seuls habilités à ouvrir les comptes de contributeurs réguliers.

De plus, ils pourront immédiatement valider la qualité de l’information et par-là même certifier l’agrément du contributeur, grâce notamment aux 81 banques de données Artprice (biographies, résultats d’adjudications, cotes et indices, signatures et monogrammes, catalogues raisonnés, Maisons de Ventes, galeries et marchands d’art, archives, etc …).

Après une étude exhaustive, pour des raisons de moyens, il s’avère sans contestation possible qu’aucun « wiki » d’une telle ampleur n’existait sur ce sujet.

Artprice ouvre son wiki multilingue avec plus d’un million d’artistes, dont 586 000 artistes cotés sur Artprice.com et reliés à des dizaines de millions d’œuvres d’art, en anglais, français, allemand, espagnol, italien et chinois. Ce wiki sera accessible sur : wiki.artprice.com

Concernant le wiki Artprice des artistes chinois, Artprice s’appuiera principalement sur son fidèle partenaire étatique le groupe Artron, à travers Art Market Monitor of Artron (AMMA).

Cette opération préparée depuis près d’un an est une contribution majeure et gratuite dans l’histoire du Marché de l’Art.

Elle sera, par ailleurs pour Artprice, l’opportunité d’étendre de manière spectaculaire sa clientèle abonnée à un cercle de 12 millions de contributeurs agréés.

A propos d’Artprice :

Artprice est cotée sur Eurolist by Euronext Paris, SRD long only et Euroclear : 7478 – Bloomberg : PRC – Reuters : ARTF. Depuis mars 2014, Artprice fait partie du nouvel indice CAC® PME d’Euronext ainsi que de l’EnterNext® PEA-PME 150 en novembre 2014.

Artprice, avec plus de 14 ans de communication réglementée sur l’Eurolist, se fait un point d’honneur de produire toute l’information nécessaire aux professionnels des marchés financiers mais aussi aux néophytes du Marché de l’Art. Toutes les questions des 18 000 actionnaires d’Artprice trouvent systématiquement leurs réponses dans l’information réglementée d’Artprice qu’elle diffuse en ligne par son diffuseur homologué par l’AMF

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Artprice est le leader mondial des banques de données sur la cotation et les indices de l’Art avec plus de 30 millions d’indices et résultats de ventes couvrant plus de 570 000 Artistes. Artprice Images(R) permet un accès illimité au plus grand fonds du Marché de l’Art au monde, bibliothèque constituée de 108 millions d’images ou gravures d’oeuvres d’Art de 1700 à nos jours commentées par ses historiens.

Artprice enrichit en permanence ses banques de données en provenance de 4 500 Maisons de ventes et publie en continu les tendances du Marché de l’Art pour les principales agences et 7200 titres de presse dans le monde. Artprice met à la disposition de ses 3,6 millions de membres (members log in), les annonces déposées par ses Membres, qui constituent désormais la première Place de Marché Normalisée® mondiale pour acheter et vendre des œuvres d’Art à prix fixe ou aux enchères (enchères réglementées par les alinéas 2 et 3 de l’article L 321.3 du code du commerce).

Sommaire des communiqués d’Artprice : http://serveur.serveur.com/press_release/pressreleasefr.htm

La version PDF du rapport annuel Artprice sur le Marché de l’Art mondial est téléchargeable sur Artprice : http://imgpublic.artprice.com/pdf/rama2014_fr.pdf

Découvrir l’alchimie et l’univers d’Artprice http://web.artprice.com/video dont le siège social est le célèbre Musée d’art contemporain Abode of Chaos / Demeure du Chaos. http://goo.gl/zJssd https://vimeo.com/87859684

Suivre en temps réel toute l’actualité du Marché de l’Art avec Artprice sur Twitter, Facebook et Google+ :

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Contact : Josette Mey : e-mail : ir@artprice.com

thierry Ehrmann : le Musée des Confluences, Miroir du temps

Le Musée des Confluences – Miroir du temps 

Le musée des Confluences signe le grand retour du musée Guimet d’histoire naturelle à Lyon et la renaissance, au troisième millénaire, du cabinet de curiosités…

Avec lui, une porte se ferme sur le musée du XXème siècle et la « migraine du conservateur », tandis qu’une autre s’ouvre pour embrasser la diversité de l’histoire et des civilisations, proposant une réflexion sur ce que peut être aujourd’hui l’appropriation du savoir, proposant d’« instruire l’oeil sur les choses rares et belles » dans un esprit de totale délectation.

Confluences

Musée des Confluences © thierry Ehrmann

Une enveloppe, un symbole

Se découvrant à la fois joyau de l’architecture déconstructiviste et prouesse technique sensationnelle, le bâtiment s’impose comme un nouvel emblème de la ville de Lyon. Les architectures monumentales ont toujours été des symboles forts, ancrés dans un lieu, témoin d’une époque.

C’est un fait depuis les civilisations les plus anciennes et ça l’est encore de notre temps, comme l’a prouvé le nouveau souffle architectural dont l’exemple le plus frappant est l’« effet Bilbao » du musée Guggenheim de Frank Gehry (ouvert au public en 1997). Et quelques semaines tout juste après l’ouverture à Paris de la Fondation Vuitton d’art contemporain, un nouvel édifice émerge dans le paysage architectural français : le musée des Confluences, installé à l’extrémité de la péninsule lyonnaise, au confluent du Rhône et de la Saône.

Le musée affiche sa silhouette singulière, pensée par le cabinet viennois Coop Himmelb(l)au comme une expérience architecturale visant à se libérer de la pesanteur tout en affirmant son désir de conquête. Cette architecture mouvante, transparente et tout en rupture, d’une surface totale de 22 000 m², a pourtant la densité d’un nuage.

Elle est d’ailleurs coiffée d’un « Nuage » (ainsi nommé) géant, flottant au-dessus du sol (son sommet culminant à quelque 37 mètres au-dessus de la chape centrale), lequel abrite 10 salles d’exposition réparties sur deux niveaux. A l’intérieur : le luxe de l’espace, une circulation fluide pensée comme un flux d’énergie, l’éloge de la transparence et de la limpidité grâce à l’usage massif du verre, le Cristal comme vortex qui relie le ciel au sol ; une déconstruction omniprésente qui se veut à l’image d’un savoir en mutation permanente.

L’architecture au service des savoirs
Le bâtiment s’ouvre autant sur la symbolique et l’imaginaire qu’il répond à un contexte scientifique, celui d’un musée. Il ne s’agit plus simplement d’imposer doctement ses trésors et ses savoirs, mais de proposer une expérience sensible de l’exposition.

L’enjeu de Confluences est de démythifier l’expérience du musée, d’autoriser une appropriation des savoirs qui passe par des espaces d’expérimentations, la possibilité de prendre des photos (généralement interdites dans les musées), de toucher certains objets, de s’offrir un tête-à-tête virtuel avec un hologramme d’Albert Einstein, entre autres.

L’exposition permanente, répartie sur 3 000 m², se décline en trois volets : « Origines », « Espèces » et « Sociétés ». Des milliers d’objets venus du monde entier forment une accumulation des savoirs – passé, présent, futur – de la géologie à l’anthropologie de l’archéologie à l’astrophysique, de l’entomologie aux arts traditionnels inuit, aborigène, africain, égyptien, khmer, d’Extrême-Orient, etc.

Au premier niveau, les expositions temporaires. Pour l’ouverture, le musée des Confluences se devait bien sûr d’honorer celui qui fut à l’origine même de ce projet, l’homme qui, dans la plus pure tradition humaniste et fraternelle, l’avait rêvé il y a plus de 100 ans : Emile Guimet.

Après 8 000 visiteurs accueillis lors de ce week-end d’ouverture (20-21 décembre 2014), la direction attend humblement 500 000 visiteurs par an, mais le musée devrait raisonnablement dépasser le million d’entrées au cours de la prochaine année.

Lyon’s new Confluence Museum – a mirror of time

The Confluence Museum represents both the grand return of the Guimet Museum of Natural History in Lyon and the rebirth, in the third millennium, of a renaissance-style cabinet of curiosities…

With its opening, a door closes on the Museum of the 20th Century and the migraine du conservateur (curatorial stagnation), while another opens to embrace the diversity of history and civilizations, offering a reflection on what the appropriation of knowledge means for us nowadays, and suggesting that we “train our eyes on rare and beautiful things” in a spirit of uninhibited delight.

The Musée des Confluences ©thierry Ehrmann

A landmark and a symbol
Housed in a jewel of deconstructivist architecture that is itself a stunning technical achievement, the building is a new landmark in the city of Lyon. Monumental buildings have always been strong symbols, rooted to a particular spot and standing witness to a particular era.

This was true for the most ancient civilizations and it remains true today, especially since Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum (which opened to the public in 1997) triggered a new architectural momentum that some have referred to as the “Bilbao effect”. And so just a few weeks after the opening of the Vuitton Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris, a new iconic edifice has appeared on the French architectural landscape: the Confluence Museum, located at the tip of the Lyon peninsula, where the Rhône and the Saône rivers meet.

The new museum’s most singular shape was designed by the Viennese firm Coop Himmelb(I)au as an architectural attempt to defy gravity while expressing a desire for conquest.

The building, which looks mobile, transparent and angular, has a total surface area of 22,000 square meters, but the apparent density of a cloud. In fact, the entire structure is a sort of giant “cloud” (that’s what the upper section is called) floating above the ground (it rises 37 meters above the central base) and contains ten exhibition rooms built on two levels.

Inside, the space is luxurious and the fluid circulation has been conceived like a flow of energy, with light, transparency and clarity, thanks to the massive use of glass. The intermediate “cristal” section is like a vortex connecting the sky to the ground. The whole project expresses a powerful deconstructivist approach reflecting the notion of a constantly evolving knowledge base.

Architecture supporting knowledge

The building functions equally well as a symbol, a threshold to the imaginary, and as an edifice with a scientific mission, that of a museum. But the mission is no longer to learnedly impose treasures and knowledge on its visitors, but rather to offer a sensory experience.

The objective of the Confluence Museum is to redefine the museum experience by allowing visitors to comprehend knowledge via experimentation and direct experience. Taking pictures is allowed (usually prohibited in museums) as is touching certain objects. You can even have a virtual conversation with a hologram of Albert Einstein (among others).

The permanent exhibition, spread over 3,000 square meters, is divided into three parts: Origins, Species and Societies. Thousands of items from around the world represent a sort of bank of knowledge – past, present and future – from geology to anthropology, from archaeology to astrophysics, from entomology to traditional arts and crafts by Inuit, Aborigines, Africans, Egyptians, Khmer people and Far Eastern civilisations, etc.

The first level houses the temporary exhibitions. For its opening, the Confluence Museum was bound to honour the man who was at the origin of the project; the man who, in true humanist and fraternal tradition, dreamed it up more than 100 years ago: Emile Guimet.

After 8,000 visitors for the museum’s opening weekend (20-21 December 2014), its management is expecting a modest 500,000 visitors a year; however, it would probably be more realistic to expect an annual visitor total of at least one million.

Thierry Ehrmann: The Guardian: If you believe in freedom of expression, support Abode of Chaos

Superbe article visionnaire du Guardian qui est publié sur 4 continents par Michael COSGROVE :

Thierry Ehrmann: The Guardian: If you believe in freedom of expression, support Abode of Chaos

Thierry Ehrmann: The Guardian: If you believe in freedom of expression, support Abode of Chaos

The Guardian est un quotidien d’information britannique fondé en 1821. Sa ligne éditoriale est habituellement de centre-gauche. Membre éminent de la « presse de qualité » britannique, le site internet du Guardian est en 2012 le troisième site de presse le plus consulté au monde. Ce qui est un véritable cauchemar pour la bande de réacs’ plus bêtes que jamais à Saint-Romain-au-Mont-d’Or

If you believe in freedom of expression, support Abode of Chaos

This French art museum has attracted protests for its chaotic topical imagery. But does that mean it should be closed?
 
‘It is a place in which all references to the seemingly ordered and structured world outside are obliterated. And that is why some people would like to see it shut down.’ Photograph: Abode of Chaos

The first thing you see when you walk through the blackened wrought-iron gates are the stony faces of Osama bin Laden, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other historical figures staring out from a graffiti-covered wall at a scene of utter devastation. Welcome to the Abode of Chaos, a sprawling outdoor contemporary art museum near Lyon in France. It is a place in which all references to the seemingly ordered and structured world outside are obliterated. And that is precisely the reason why some people would like to see it shut down.

Burnt-out cars, oil barrels, silver painted truck engines and mannequins that look like dead bodies are strewn around the ground. Look left, and you’ll see a damaged military helicopter tilted on its side, a yellow tank that pokes its menacing gun barrel out from a tall hedge, and an aircraft with no landing gear lies on top of a mound of earth and black gravel with the words “Let’s be cruel” daubed crudely on the side of the fuselage. Chains hang from gantries, twisted cables are everywhere, grotesquely bent steel girders and strange metallic structures abound.

The Abode of Chaos is the brainchild of Thierry Ehrmann, a freemason, artist and businessman. It is situated in the sleepy village of Saint-Romain-au-Mont-d’Or, near Lyon. Ehrmann himself lives on the site in a large house, the walls of which are covered in slogans, graffiti, images of historical figures and mysterious logos.“I’m trying to ‘de-legendise’ the world,” he says, when I ask him how he sees his work. “Janus said that chaos preceded the divine. He was right, and the world is constantly renewing itself, constructing and deconstructing itself.” He goes on to explain that his project, which began to take shape in the 1980s, “began as research into alchemy and the regeneration of matter and has evolved ever since”.

The abode’s three or four in-house artists can often be seen working on new ideas, the most recent of which is a reconstruction of Yasser Arafat’s funeral. A 10 metre-wide by 3 metre-high structure, it consists of upright, bent and rusting metal girders with piping attached to the top of each one that snakes haphazardly overhead and into the epicentre of the piece, where Arafat is represented by brightly coloured girders. The back garden is dominated by a haunting reconstruction of the remains of the World Trade Centre, and a massive metal bunker stands next to a truck with a cutting mechanism attached to the front that contains the charred remains of mannequins mixed with black tar. A burnt-out oil truck marked “Halliburton” stands as a silent witness to what feeds conflict.

The constant bombardment of images of chaos and disorder explains why some visitors consider the museum to be a disturbing or even unhealthy place. Children and young people are generally fascinated by the exhibits, however, and they arrive in large numbers (and for free) when the museum – which was visited by 120,000 people last year – is open.

Needless to say, the Abode has not gone unnoticed by the inhabitants of the village – and the mayor and others have been trying in vain to get it shut down for years. Ehrmann knows this, and shrugs his shoulders resignedly. “They will never stop trying,” he sighs, before going on to remind me of the excavated area in the grounds which contains the remains of a temple in which a massacre of Protestants is said to have been carried out in 1630. “That drives the mayor nuts!” he says.

Thierry Ehrmann: The Guardian: If you believe in freedom of expression, support Abode of Chaos

Thierry Ehrmann: The Guardian: If you believe in freedom of expression, support Abode of Chaos

The constant attempts to have the museum shut down seem designed to muzzle artistic expression, a trend that appears to have gathered pace over the last few years, in France as elsewhere. The recent attack on Paul McCarthy’s “butt plug” statue in Paris comes to mind, as do the 2012 defacing of a Mark Rothko mural and the attempts earlier this year to get the Exhibit B show at the Barbican withdrawn.

Freedom of expression means allowing everyone to express their views within the limits of the law, and is to be fiercely protected from attack. Those who seek to stifle or defile the work of others should be condemned, as their actions are no more than an attempt to censor others.

The Abode of Chaos is a challenging environment which asks fundamental questions about the nature of change and chaos in our world, a world of flux and a constant cycle of upheaval and regeneration. We need places like this, and if ever you are near Lyon it would be well worth taking the time to visit it. Oh, and don’t forget to bring the kids.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/nov/17/freedom-expression-abode-chaos-lyon-france

Michael COSGROVE The Guardian

If you believe in freedom of expression, support Abode of Chaos

Un article de Michael Cosgrove dans the Guardian :

If you believe in freedom of expression, support Abode of Chaos

This French art museum has attracted protests for its chaotic topical imagery. But does that mean it should be closed?

The first thing you see when you walk through the blackened wrought-iron gates are the stony faces of Osama bin Laden, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other historical figures staring out from a graffiti-covered wall at a scene of utter devastation. Welcome to the Abode of Chaos, a sprawling outdoor contemporary art museum near Lyon in France. It is a place in which all references to the seemingly ordered and structured world outside are obliterated. And that is precisely the reason why some people would like to see it shut down.

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Communiqué de presse et Addendum de thierry Ehrmann sculpteur plasticien, auteur de La Demeure du Chaos / Abode of Chaos

Communiqué de presse de thierry Ehrmann sculpteur plasticien, auteur de La Demeure du Chaos / Abode of Chaos

AFFAIRE COMMUNE DE SAINT ROMAIN AU MONT D’OR CONTRE THIERRY EHRMANN (dossier Demeure du Chaos)

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Lyon, le 24 juin 2014 18h00 – Addendum du 8 juillet 2014
Par un arrêt du 24 juin 2014 relevant du plus haut degré de la hiérarchisation de ses décisions FS-P+B+I (Publié au Bulletin de la chambre criminelle, au Bulletin d’information de la Cour de Cassation et sur le support numérique de la Cour de Cassation), la Cour de Cassation a cassé l’arrêt de la Cour d’Appel de Grenoble du 6 mai 2013, qui avait augmenté une astreinte précédemment prononcée par cette Cour, et a renvoyé l’affaire devant la Cour d’Appel de Chambéry en chambre du Conseil.
Pour information, la Demeure du Chaos est un corpus de 5400 œuvres d’art composé de sculptures, installations, peintures, gravures, etc…  qui est un musée d’art contemporain libre et gratuit sur 9000 m2.
La Cour de Cassation a retenu comme motivation essentielle que la Cour d’Appel de Grenoble avait à tort ignoré les moyens de nullité de M. Ehrmann par lesquels il faisait valoir que les décisions défavorables avaient été rendues à son encontre dans des conditions procédurales gravement irrégulières, les droits de la défense ayant été violés.
La Cour de Cassation s’est principalement fondée sur le deuxième moyen de cassation, pris de la violation des articles 6.1 et 6.3 de la Convention Européenne des Droits de l’homme.
Selon l’ensemble des juristes en charge de ce dossier, l’arrêt du 24 juin 2014 est particulièrement clair car il rend sans fondement juridique et caduque toutes les décisions judiciaires rendues contre M. Ehrmann et notamment celles l’ayant condamné, sur le fondement d’une prétendue violation du droit de l’urbanisme, à une remise en état sous astreinte. Cette chronologie judiciaire faite de 11 procès, couvre la période de 1999 à nos jours.
Enfin, Monsieur EHRMANN est la victime du comportement déloyal de son adversaire, la Commune de Saint Romain au Mont d’Or, qui connaissait parfaitement sa situation procédurale et l’a délibérément ignorée en la cachant aux juridictions répressives. Cette dernière, ayant eu en main, dès 1993 de manière officielle, le régime de protection dont Mr Ehrmann bénéficiait depuis 1987.  Ce qui caractérise la dissimulation intentionnelle de la Commune. [ADDENDUM : A ce titre, une plainte pénale a été déposée auprès du Procureur de la République et sera suivie, dans le délai légal, conformément au Code de Procédure Pénale, d’une constitution avec partie civile devant le Doyen des juges d’instruction, contre l’ancien Maire, Monsieur Pierre Dumont, et ses éventuels complices durant son mandat et postérieurement à son mandat.]

 

Pour information, cette position de la Commune de Saint Romain au Mont d’Or ne concerne pas le nouveau Maire et son Conseil Municipal élus en avril 2014.

thierry Ehrmann : No Legend by Abode of Chaos N°61

thierry Ehrmann : No Legend by Abode of Chaos  N°61https://vimeo.com/73798577
Attention ce reportage historique peut choquer des personnes sensibles.
soixante et unième production de la série No Legend de la Demeure du Chaos sur T.L.M. (première télévision lyonnaise historique – canal 220 sur Free, canal 254 Orange, canal 370 Neuf box, canal 96 Numericable, canal 30 TNT ), chaque jour sur 1 an avant et après le journal télévisé. Les horaires de diffusion sont 18:28, 18:37, 19:28, 20:29 et 21:28.

Scénario de Thierry Ehrmann
Réalisation de Kurt Ehrmann

Production : Musée L’Organe / La Demeure du Chaos – 2013
Organ Museum / Abode of Chaos / Server Group – 2013

thierry Ehrmann: DEMEURE DU CHAOS – NO LEGEND 003

Troisième production de la série No Legend de la Demeure du Chaos sur T.L.M. (première télévision lyonnaise historique – canal 220 sur Free, canal 254 Orange, canal 370 Neuf box, canal 96 Numericable, canal 30 TNT ), chaque jour sur 1 an avant et après le journal télévisé. Les horaires de diffusion sont 18:28, 18:37, 19:28, 20:29 et 21:28.

Scénario de Thierry Ehrmann
Réalisation de Laurent Courau

DEMEURE DU CHAOS – NO LEGEND 003 from La Demeure du Chaos on Vimeo.

thierry Ehrmman: VIDEO DEMEURE DU CHAOS – NO LEGEND 002

Seconde production de la série No Legend de la Demeure du Chaos sur T.L.M. (première télévision lyonnaise historique – canal 220 sur Free), avant et après le journal télévisé. Les horaires de diffusion sont 18:28, 18:37, 19:28, 20:29 et 21:28.

Scénario de Thierry Ehrmann
Réalisation de Laurent Courau

DEMEURE DU CHAOS – NO LEGEND 002 from La Demeure du Chaos on Vimeo.

thierry Ehrmann: du nouveau, vous avez tous les jours une performance artistique sur T.L.M.

thierry Ehrmann : la Demeure du Chaos est sur TLM en performance vidéo

thierry Ehrmann : la Demeure du Chaos est sur TLM en performance vidéo

thierry: Du nouveau, vous avez tous les jours une performance artistique sur T.L.M. (première télévision lyonnaise historique) canal 220 sur Free où, plusieurs fois par jour, avant et après le journal télévisé, dans les formats d’écrans qui l’encadrent, la Demeure du Chaos va produire durant un an une nouvelle série appelée « No Legend » où nous partons d’une image d’actualité forte (c.f. attentats de Boston) et son incarnat peint/sculpté/gravé ou installé à la Demeure du Chaos sur une fondue enchainée …

Nous restons ainsi fidèles depuis 14 ans à notre célèbre image délégendée où la mise en abîme d’une photo sans légende créé la sensation de vertige que recherchent les passionnés de la Demeure du Chaos dans la même veine que la TV Coréenne et NHK Japon avaient abordée
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8ey2l_la-demeure-du-chaos-sur-la-chaine-c_news#.UXAPccmojmM

Les horaires de diffusion sont 18h28, 18h37, 19h28, 20h29 et 21h28.

TV Coréenne Demeure du Chaos Abode of Chaos

TV Coréenne Demeure du Chaos Abode of Chaos

La Demeure du Chaos sur la chaine coréenne MBC par abodeOFchaos
Véritable performance qui fera l’objet d’un montage quasi-quotidien sur une année.

Pour comprendre lire en page 148/161 de l’Opus IX de la Demeure du Chaos / Abode of Chaos mon texte sur l’image delégendée

thierry Ehrmann: il faut assumer son appartenance à la Franc-maçonnerie pour qu’elle survive dans notre siècle

thierry Ehrmann  2012 Demeure du Chaos / Abode of Chaos I.H.S.

La Franc-maçonnerie… Objet de fantasmes, de rumeurs et d’idées reçues ! Cette société secrète intrigue et passionne. L’Express L’Entreprise a rencontré des frères, cadres dirigeants ou entrepreneurs, et vous livre les clés de ce réseau très fermé.

thierry Ehrmann: il faut assumer son appartenance à la Franc-maçonnerie pour qu’elle survive dans notre siècle C.F. bio thierry Ehrmann Who’s who copyright 2013. Chez les Anglo Saxons l’appartenance doit être connue dès que la personne détient un mandat électif, une fonction publique ou des mandats sociaux de sociétés cotées en bourse, ce qui évite bien des scandales et met fin à toutes formes de rumeurs.

Extrait…/…Par Étienne Gless

La puissance du réseau

A entendre certains initiés, les deux tiers des membres du gouvernement Ayrault seraient maçons. Quant au président de la République, François Hollande, « son approche consensuelle, son attitude, sa philosophie humaniste… tout en lui traduit le maçon », affirme Thierry Ehrmann, bio_Who_s Who_2012_2013, président d’Artprice et du groupe Serveur, à Lyon, et membre de la Grande Loge nationale française (GNLF). Selon lui, onze présidents du CAC 40 seraient francs-maçons, soit plus du quart de la crème des grands groupes cotés. « Pour défendre la laïcité, la fraternité, l’égalité, nous pouvons mettre en marche notre connaissance, nos réseaux et nos fortunes bénévolement. On peut se montrer dangereux et d’une grande férocité », lâche-t-il encore. Jouant volontiers les chiens de garde de la République quand celle-ci est menacée, les maçons peuvent, de manière plus terre à terre, s’entraider. Ne sont-ils pas frères ?…/…

…/… »Se réunir entre frères d’un même univers professionnel pour s’attribuer des marchés, s’accorder des remises ou s’entendre sur les « prix fraternels », c’est une honte !, juge Thierry Ehrmann. Notre obédience est une catastrophe ! On doit détenir le record européen de mises en examen. » Dans une course aux chiffres, la GNLF, deuxième obédience française, mais seule obédience reconnue par la Grande Loge unie d’Angleterre (la maison mère) a multiplié les recrutements pour « rattraper » le Grand Orient de France, première obédience. « Ils ont recruté des types refusés ailleurs. Il ne faut pas s’étonner après qu’il y ait des dérives affairistes », s’indigne Julien Rittener, jeune patron et maçon depuis neuf ans (lire aussi page précédente).

Quelques scandales plus tard, la GNLF a implosé cette année et se trouve actuellement sous administration judiciaire ! « Du chaos naît l’ordre », dit l’adage maçon. Et ces dérives appartiendraient au passé. « Les obédiences font le ménage », jurent leurs grands maîtres. …/…

http://lentreprise.lexpress.fr/carriere-et-management/enquete-etre-franc-macon-ca-aide-pour-le-business_37103.html

« La Particule de Dieu » ou le boson de Higgs…@ la Demeure du Chaos / Abode of Chaos

blog.ehrmann.org
Biographie interdite de thierry Ehrmann
forbidden biography of thierry Ehrmann…

Salut les p’tites louves et loups,
(Cette lettre est adressée aux 139 500 signataires de la pétition dont vous faites partie)

C’est enfin arrivé : le Boson de Higgs découvert avec 99,9999 % de certitude, c’est pour nous une véritable passion et celà prouve que même dans un monde en pleine déconstruction/reconstruction, le bipède a cela de merveilleux que de comprendre l’inexplicable. Sur une autre échelle c’est un peu comme pour la Demeure du Chaos.

« La Particule de Dieu » ou le boson de Higgs…

Côté Sculpture, 29 nouvelles sculptures sont arrivées à temps pour ce week end ; pour le plaisir des yeux et du toucher car elles sont faites pour être en contact corporel avec vous. A la question : A-t-on le droit de toucher ? Je réponds :OUI ! Je sens qu’au delà de l’exposition ; « trente ans de sculptures de thierry Ehrmann » – avec 450 sculptures d’acier brut de 20mm créées in situ depuis 18 mois- nous avons pris contact avec des fournisseurs d’aciers spéciaux (Aérospatiale, usage militaire…) qui vont nous permettre des installations monstrueuses à faire rougir l’Araignée de Louise BOURGEOIS au Guggenheim. Le volume chez moi est une passion, déjà en école primaire je me faisais virer car je créais en loucedé des maquettes de scumlpture en balsa, carton, bois, etc… planqué au fond de la classe.

Le but sera d’arriver en 2012/2013 à créer une deuxième Demeure du Chaos qui se superpose comme un infra-mince à la première ; l’invitation au voyage vous permettra entre autre d’être au-dessus du Temple Protestant par des sculptures sans frôler les fouilles. Vous pourrez aussi visionner l’intérieur de la Demeure du Chaos de manière iconoclaste par des installations surréalistes. Et oui ! le grand Oeuvre continue de plus belle, quelles que soient le nombre incalculables d’emmerdes que je me tape par les réacs en tout genre. Qu’ils se le disent, la Demeure du Chaos est un monstre, elle est affamée et furieusement dadaïste :

Dada et la Demeure du Chaos naissent d’une même rage, d’une volonté de faire table rase, de “noyer l’apparat bourgeois dans un état de guerre permanent”, de faire régner le désordre pour briser les repères conventionnels. Près d’un siècle après la naissance officiel de Dada en 1916, au cabaret Voltaire de Zurich, la Demeure du Chaos s’inscrit certes dans un autre contexte, mais toujours dans le rejet de la guerre, de l’horreur et du prêt à penser. Après tout, l’esprit dada naquit d’une révolte contre la première guerre mondiale et la Demeure du Chaos fut re-baptisée après le choc du 11-Septembre.

Pour la petite blague, selon une gorge profonde à la Mairie, le grand penseur de notre Mairie réac’, la Demeure du Chaos c’est du « bolchévisme artistique« . Il faut faire gaffe car à cette vitesse Madame le Maire va devenir une lettrée…

thierry:.

PS : la plainte judiciaire avec Partie Civile devant le Doyen des Juges d’Instruction contre la Destruction des oeuvres côté extérieur, appelé mur de l’Est, est en bonne voie. Je sais que beaucoup d’entre vous ont été très émus et choqués, et comme moi, considèrent que détruire tous ces portraits réalisés à la glycéro ou à l’acrylique sur 10 années et qui ont demandé des centaines d’heures de travail est un crime moral. Le(les) coupable(s) n’est vraiment pas loin en terme de distance et faites moi confiance j’irai jusqu’au bout.

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Scénario: la Poukav des monts d’or et la Demeure du Chaos

Mauvaise nouvelle pour la « poukav » des monts d’or pro Hortefeux / sarko et pote mairie de réac qui veut détruire la DDC  bientôt en ligne les documents en pdf  où après cela, seul l’exil pour la Poukav est possible

ANNULATION DE LA NUIT DES MUSÉES A LA DEMEURE DU CHAOS LE SAMEDI 19 MAI 2012 DE 19H30 A 23H30.

ATTENTION ANNULATION DE LA NUIT DES MUSÉES A LA DEMEURE DU CHAOS LE SAMEDI 19 MAI 2012 DE 19H30 A 23H30.

En raison d’un différend avec la Mairie de Saint Romain au Mont D’or
La Demeure du Chaos est dans l’Impossibilité de maintenir la Nuit Européenne des Musées le samedi 19 mai 2012 de 19H30 à 23H30.
Merci de faire circuler cette information autour de vous.
Nous ne pouvons que constater que 12 ans après (1999-2012) La Mairie est systématiquement dans un processus de conflit absolu, malgré toute la pédagogie déployée et nos  135 000 signataires.

Third Part of the exclusive interview of thierry Ehrmann, founder of Artprice.com (March 7, 2012)

Boursica:
We already published in-depth interviews with you on June 5 and October 9, 2011. Today we are at the beginning of March 2012 and bidding started on Artprice nearly a month and a half ago. What are your impressions so far?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Before we begin, I should warn readers that some of the themes discussed in this interview are followed directly on from our discussion on June 5, 2011 and October 9, 2011 which are therefore the basis for this third interview. So… we actually started our auction activity on January 18, 2012, after 16 years of legal wrangling with one of the world’s oldest monopolies, art auctions, dating back to the Edict of 1556. At the end of this struggle we have finally managed to impose a situation of free competition via the now famous law of 20 July 2011.

Boursica:
You have become an "Auction House"?

Thierry Ehrmann:
No. Specifically we have become an auction broker, operating remotely, via internet, as defined by Article 5 of Law 2011-850 of 20 July 2011 and by our standardized auction marketplace®.

Boursica:
Can you clarify?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Artprice has a unique set of art market standardization processes based on a broad range of Intellectual property patents (sui generis software patents, copyright, etc), which allows us, via the Marketplace Normalized, to match supply and demand in real time, either in a fixed price environment or an auction environment. In the latter case, we are not responsible for the auction because we are not linked to the parties (buyers and sellers). It is the vendor who ultimately chooses the highest bid, according to his own criteria, and he pays between 5 and 9% commission for using our Standardized Auction Market Place and our client database. This client database is currently the world’s largest in the art market, with 1.4 million members, about whom we know, for each one, very precisely, what they are looking for and what they want to sell.

Boursica:
Returning to the last month and a half. What have you seen in seven weeks?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Our initial challenge, and it by no means an easy one, was to gather an offer of 5,000 lots for the auction opening day on January 18, 2012. The total value of the works amounted to more than 810 million euros with prices ranging from a few hundred euros to tens of millions of euros.

Of course the background to these first 45 days of auction brokerage activity is our Standardized Fixed-Price Marketplace, which began on 18 January 2005 and has grown very substantially from an initial offer of €1.2 billion in 2005, followed by more than €2.7 billion in 2006, €3.6 billion in 2007, €4.5 billion in 2008, €5.4 billion in 2009, before stabilizing in 2010/2011 with approximately €6.3 billion with approximately 30% of completed sales being commission-free (the exact figures are available in our reference documents and regulated communication on the ActusNews website, approved by the AMF). The reactions we have received from the art market principal players to our latest auction platform in 2012 have been fast and remarkably positive; however there is still a small hard core, mainly centered around Drouot, that has
given us a distinctly hostile reception and the old guard has deployed means of harassment and threats that are really out of place in modern Europe.

Boursica:
Let's talk about this "remarkable positive" reaction, as you say.

Thierry Ehrmann:
We were rapidly congratulated by a whole generation of Gallery owners, Auction Houses, Art Dealers, Artists, Collectors and Enthusiasts who have realized that nothing will be the same as before. As our auctions are limited in time, the volume of transactions and exchanges has really exploded compared with Artprice’s Standardized Fixed-Price Marketplace where time is not an important factor. In the days that followed our launch, our internet bandwidth traffic and volume of logs multiplied almost fivefold. We have had testimonies and contributions of an unrivaled intensity. It is clear that for a whole generation of art market players – aged 25 to 50 roughly speaking – Artprice, with its giant client database (1.4 million members) and its billions of behavior logs stored in accordance with European and French law, has opened the possibility to consult information on little-known
artists from the office or the home in seconds and to reach tens of thousands of potential buyers of specific artists on five continents in just a few hours. We have established unprecedented discussions with a number of these market players who have had the courage to re-think their entire sales process.

Boursica:
What is the objective of these discussions and what will be their outcome in practice?

Thierry Ehrmann:
For these art market players it amounts to a complete overhaul of their business model. They have suddenly discovered that they have a de facto firepower substantially greater than that offered by the client lists of the largest auction houses or famous galleries. Trapped within their own client lists and obliged to spend fortunes attending international art fairs to attract clients on other continents, suddenly, via Artprice's Standardized Auction Marketplace, they have discovered a new economic paradigm that impels them to migrate permanently to the Internet, which is now the best and most efficient way to conquer the five continents.

Boursica:
What do you mean by new economic paradigm?

Thierry Ehrmann:
They understand that their economic model, namely the practice of high margins with a limited number of sales due to a limited customer base, is changing. Some are considering partially closing their galleries or secondary showrooms; others will close their physical auction rooms. They are discovering, from a macroeconomic viewpoint, that the art market, which has grown from 500,000 collectors after the WWII, to 450 million "art consumers" today, can now be reached within minutes from their homes or offices. They can, therefore, very substantially reduce their margins, that were previously prohibitive, and multiply their turnover in proportions that they did not imagine before because they lacked the necessary and heavy financial means as well as a deep knowledge of the Internet. In six weeks, we have managed to brush aside lots of doubts and inhibitions. Economically, the
story has only just begun: bearing in mind the fourteen days of auction, the settlement to the trusted third party (approximately 15 days for international transfers) and the finalization of the sale between the buyer and the seller who gives the final release instruction, we are just beginning to receive the commissions from late January 2012 when we launched our auction brokerage service. So we will certainly be posted good surprises soon, because the offer on our Standardized Auction Marketplace is constantly growing and has been regularly since it opened January 18, 2012.

Boursica:
Do you know what the major Anglo-Saxon auction houses think of your business model?

Thierry Ehrmann:
I invite you to read the full page article in Les Echoes of March 3, 2012 by Robert Martine, in which Artprice Annual Art Market Report is presented alongside an interview with the Chairman of Christie's who concludes by saying "The future of the middle market (800 to € 10,000) is on the net". Who better than Christie's to confirm this?
I add, as CEO of Artprice, that this segment represents, on a global scale, 81% of global art market transactions. If an undisputed expert of the “old economy” of the art market is able to confirm that 81% of the global art market will be conducted over the Internet, it clears that our de facto leadership in this market via our standardized auction marketplace puts us in a very favorable position.

Boursica:
You mentioned doubts and inhibitions. Could you be more specific?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Indeed, particularly a major problem concerning the trusted third party. We selected the world's leading trustee Escrow.com. Their modus operandi is absolutely perfect but Escrow is handicapped by only accepting the US dollar, which was a significant drawback, mainly for our European customers. We therefore chose, in record time, a second trustee, after a tender, which is Transpact in the UK, who handles the USD, the Euro and the Pound Sterling and which became available as of mid- February. But we still have the problem of the language barrier. Whereas our customers have access to Artprice in six languages, both of the websites of our two trusted third parties are in English only which turns out to be a real obstacle because the sums involved are very important and our customers want, from a legal and practical perspective, to fully understand all the steps and procedures of escrow
and release with the trustee.

Boursica:
But why not choose a trusted third party for each linguistic area?

Thierry Ehrmann:

I must confess that no bank or similar establishment, particularly in France, has so far been able to satisfy our specifications, despite the fact that the sums involved will eventually be colossal and that, in the digital economy, the notion of a trusted third party, is already applicable to many other groups and economic activities, quite different from Artprice and the Art Market. This reflects, among other things, a certain failure of the French economy to adapt to the digital and de facto global economy in which we are now living …

Boursica:
Is there no solution? And why not do it yourself?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Under the Act of 20 July 2011 concerning online auctions, and notably Article 5 transcribed in Article 321-3 of the French Commercial Code (paragraphs 2 and 3), it is essential that the trusted third party that holds the sequestered funds and then releases the funds be fully independent from Artprice, both legally and capitalistically. But I can assure you that we have demonstrated to our two trustee partners, the high number of clients who arrived on the web page of the trusted third party and then dropped of the transaction because they feel that transferring large amounts of money without a complete mastery of the text in their own language represents a significant risk. Thus by proving to them exactly how much business they were losing we have managed to convince them to translate their web pages and their computer APIs into the languages used by Artprice (French, English, German,
Italian, Spanish and Chinese).
So the problem will be fully resolved by the second quarter with also very likley the arrival of a third Asian partner as trustee for the Asia / Pacific region.

Boursica:

Can we consider that the Standardized Auction Marketplace is now fixed?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Yes, in essence, everything is there. But Artprice has a very strong corporate culture of building systems that are concrete, simple and inexpensive in human resources. We deliberately leave a significant proportion open to a wide variety of extensions based on information from our Customer Service that is a real advantage for analyzing customer requests from all countries. The biggest danger is developing monolithic software that is trapped within a colossal specification imposed by force on international customers. The big mistake the French often make is trying to impose a product according to its own tastes. Artprice has an opposite practice and we believe that customers and the market are our best prescribers and advisers. This approach seems simple and yet very few groups in France adopt it.

Boursica:
You mentioned in a press release that the current online offer already corresponds to your forecast for 2013. Is that still the case?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Indeed, we had expected 300 new lots presented each day, corresponding to an average of 90,000 lots per year. We are currently seeing an average of around 500/700 new lots per day within a very broad price range. It should be noted that for a large auction house, a handsome catalogued sales never exceeds 300 to 350 lots offered and on average it takes 2-3 months of preparation, whereas for Artprice it takes 12 hours on average. That is worth thinking about….

Boursica:
Why not transfer the Standardized Fixed-Price Marketplace to the auction platform directly? This would bring in turnover that you already own, and which would be substantial and immediate for Artprice.

Thierry Ehrmann:
Indeed, the question arose and we had a real debate at the heart of Artprice. As creator of the Standardized Fixed-Price Marketplace I considered that its massive volumes represent a genuine ecosystem since January 2005 and that we should make a smooth transition, without forcing our loyal customers.

Boursica:
You seem very sure of your premise. Could you develop this idea?

Thierry Ehrmann:

It's simple, I assume that a vast majority of sellers would naturally choose the auction because, unlike real estate or automobiles markets where the difference between the fixed-price and the auction price is not that large, in the case of Artprice, the fixed price / auction differential on a work of art can easily run to double, even if the fixed price seller is a market professional. It is this premise that has allowed me to believe that for 7 years we have acquired a huge number of sellers and buyers worldwide in the form of databases and proprietary software, who generate an annual sales volume estimated at about €1.8 billion out of the €6.3 billion works presented for sale (in value terms). It would, in my opinion, be mad to force these market players, who have strong personalities and are perfectly capable of forming an opinion themselves, onto the art
auction market. In fact, this notion is confirmed everyday as we see natural migrations to the auction platform.

Boursica:
But your shareholders want an immediate result?

Thierry Ehrmann:
We have already been extremely patient waiting for France to decide to write a European directive into domestic law. I refuse to play a counter-productive game to appease a small number of shareholders who want daily regulated communication and who equate our share price with that of the gambling company La Française des Jeux. I have nothing against the La Française des Jeux which is also a quality group; but the thrill-seekers who want a daily performance are not destined to be Artprice shareholders.

Boursica:
What do your existing shareholders think?

Thierry Ehrmann:
In fact, all of our existing and major shareholders are almost more patient than we are. According to art market historians and sociologists we are fostering a change as important as the switch from open outcry trading to ECNs like the NASDAQ or Thomson Reuters’ Instinet. As such, it may take a little time, particularly as, with our intellectual and industrial property rights, we have a legal monopoly regarding the standardization of the Art Market (artist ID, work ID, catalogue raisonné ID, estimate / econometrics ID… See previous Boursica interviews) without any abuse of a dominant position and therefore with an absolute lack of serious competitors possessing similar intellectual property rights over the last 16 years. In the unlikely event that one day a number 2 arrives on the market, the hard rule that I have been practicing for 25 years with regard to online
business would apply, i.e. "Second place is the First loser".

Boursica:
Will we see a report with the extraordinary general meeting of 30 March 2012 which was not in the calendar?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Yes, indeed. This EGM will definitively set in stone the success of our economic transformation that is now a certainty for us. First of all, after 16 years of work, we have become the world leader in art market information with 1.4 million subscribers. In early 2012 we have acquired the conviction that the heart of our business are the Standardized Fixed-Price and Auction Marketplaces and that these activities generate an optimal level of profitability. That is why we are substantially altering our corporate purpose in order to remain consistent with the adventure that is Artprice’s extraordinary growth and development.

Boursica:
Some of our readers have suggested that a capital increase will be announced at the EGM. Is this the case? I thought you were against the idea.

Thierry Ehrmann:
There is no question of a capital increase but only of a stock option plan in order to attract the rare and atypical profiles we are seeking for our Standardized Auction Marketplace activity. It is clear that we are seeking the best people from the somewhat exclusive world of the art market and we want to give ourselves the power to attract these people. Similarly it makes perfect sense to reward employees of Artprice who have committed so much of their time to the business.
Concerning capital increases, I reiterate my comments, that I am totally opposed to capital increases which not only dilute shareholders but also – which is often forgotten – prevent the listed company’s share price from rising very quickly. Unlike the vast majority of listed companies, we have no debt whatsoever, no overdraft, no short, medium or long term loans outstanding, no bank covenants or financial instruments to repay such as equity warrants or other derivatives. At the same time we have an excellent cash position and a negative working capital requirement.

Boursica:
A few days ago, you published your 2011 art market report. How is it that all the French and international media and institutions only quote Artprice when talking about the art market? Is the due to some kind of lobbying?

Thierry Ehrmann:

No, I assure you… there is only one answer to your question: Artprice’s history: today we are the only group ever to have standardized the art market with more than one million hours of work by historians, researchers and art market journalists who have researched and written on all the works from these manuscripts and art catalogues from the 17th century to today. It is because we have the world’s largest art market information database that can trace works of art over the centuries, with 108,000,000 images and engravings of artworks from 1700 to the present day, each accompanied by comments by our art historians. With this normalization and more than 3,600 auction houses that are connected to our secure intranet, we are the only news agency (Art Market Insight) to be able to provide macro-economic data, prices and indices based on the repeat sales method and over
one hundred benchmarks that allow more than 6,300 media each year to understand the art market via objective and comprehensive figures.

Boursica:
Do you have a concrete example?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Take for example China, where we are by far the only ones capable of gathering and processing information in a market where the language barrier and the habits and customs make it a difficult and delicate task.

Boursica:
This permanent presence in the media does it have a cost?

Thierry Ehrmann:
No, quite the contrary, on a systematic and contractual basis, the press and broadcast media are obliged to quote their Internet sources with our code and to comment on our methodology. We estimate that each year we save between 16 and 18 million euros by not having to buy advertising space which, in any case, would not have the same relevance because nothing can replace press agency content which has a much deeper impact than advertising, however clever it may be. As regards market research destined specifically for the media, insurance companies or private banks, this is of course billed at an appropriate tariff.

Boursica:
But didn’t you mention an international advertising campaign for the launch of the Standardized Auction Marketplace?

Thierry Ehrmann:

Yes, in the framework of the launch of our auction activity, we certainly received very good media coverage, but we have also decided to implement for the year 2012, a campaign plan focused on the art press, whereby we select in each key country the leader and co-leader as well as TV network campaigns that are highly targeted on art and the luxury sectors. The campaign began in late January 2012, in line with the art market’s calendar, which invariably gets into full swing with the so-called spring sales.

Boursica:
Returning to Artprice’s 2011 annual art market report which was just released. Although it is available on your website, could you tell us briefly what is its basic conclusion?

Thierry Ehrmann:
The first lesson is its title: "Art has never sold as well as in 2011". Global auction revenue exceeded its absolute record with total revenue amounting to $11.5 billion. This means that, based on a standard ratio between the secondary and the primary art market, the total base of the art market, including the primary market (galleries, art dealers and brokers), now represents approximately $90 billion. In addition, the unsold ratio was at its lowest. China is way ahead of the United States generating 41.4% of total global auction revenue and Asia alone has become a real market with almost 45% of the global market. Chinese artists are ranked highest in both our Top 10 and our Top 500. Look for example at the habitually top-ranked artist in the West, Pablo Picasso. For the first time, in decades is not even in the top-3, having been relegated to 4th place. As for France,
nothing new, the continuous contraction, over and over again.
The number of auction results above the million-dollar line is continuing to grow worldwide, particularly in Asia.

Boursica:
The art market is therefore like gold… is it a safe haven?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Yes, this phenomenon has been severely tested by the economic crisis that started in 2008 and the near-collapse of the financial world in 2011. In effect, the art market has shown great maturity and performance. It's not for nothing that the private banking and wealth managers now advise, thanks to Artprice’s econometric tools, to diversify into the art market in times of crisis. I invite you to study the progressions of our indices per price range and you will understand that the Artprice Global Index has performed better than the S&P 500 and the Eurostoxx 50.

Boursica:

Speaking of million-dollar results, how long do you think it will be before we see a 7-figure result on Artprice…an event that would indeed be momentous ?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Seven-figure results on Artprice are an absolute certainty, given our discussions with major players in the art market. So it's only a matter of time. One guess I will make…. whenever it is, it will concern a Chinese artist.

Boursica:
To return to France’s performance on the global art market, why such a contraction from year to year?

Thierry Ehrmann:

I have often been asked this question. France was the world number 1 in the 60's but alas, it has continued to lose ground. Some numbers: its Contemporary art market weighs just over USD 13 million a year, which on a global scale, is tiny. On a good day New York or London are capable of generating more from just one cataloged sale than France can in an entire year. It is evident that nearly 500 years of auction monopoly and the first “reform” of 2000, which was a complete misnomer, have contributed to paralyzing the French market. We have had very personal experience of this in our 16 years of litigation and ten legal procedures from which we have emerged victorious after years of waiting.

Boursica:
But the war is now over between Artprice and the old monopoly?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Economically, the die is cast and we have a Californian highway in front of us. On the legal front, without being vindictive, we have to finalize some issues where the economic damage we have suffered must lead to a compensatory process. Likewise, some unsuccessful claims deserve to be matched by counterclaims. In addition, we are firmly maintaining our criminal complaint with the Competition Authorities against French auction houses for non-competitive practices with new elements since late January 2012.

Boursica:
Who are you targeting?

Thierry Ehrmann:
In fact, a handful of former Parisian auctioneers, mainly at Drouot, with its judicial scandals and repeated indictments. As regards France’s auction market supervisory authority the Conseil des Ventes Volontaires (CVV), its press release dated January 6, 2012 a few hours before the launch of our Standardized Auction Marketplace, without any prior mail or phone call or warning, was totally surreal as this authority knows us very well, both from our meetings and from the data we supply them with each year for their annual report on the auction market. I ask you…Since when has an initial legal notification been delivered in the form of a press release, without any advance notification through the courts?
For me the mission of the CVV is important, but it should conduct its missions in strict compliance with the legal and adversarial procedure under French law. Things being what they are, we suspect that the afore-mentioned small group of former auctioneers close to Drouot, angered by the consequences of the law of 20 July 2011 and in particular Article 5, which I just mentioned, intentionally misled the CVV that has worked in recent years with scarce resources, and has had the courage to initiate a real debate on the inexorable decline of the French auction market. You should know that we have received extremely violent threats from a few players who cannot bear to see their margins and markets collapse. My natural insight and many years of experience allow me to observe with complete equanimity that such manifestations of hate and anger prove that we have hit exactly where the profit
is buried. In other words, our 5% net commission on works sold over €15,000 and 7% on works sold €7,500 to €15,000… that is what they don’t like!

Boursica:
So with your help, among others, has Internet therefore devoured the art market?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Everything must be kept in proportion and don’t forget that more than 4,500 art websites have disappeared since 2000 and we have seen the virtual disappearance of listed Internet art site, now relegated to the OTC market with hardly any trading volume. In our case, we started Artprice when there were less than 30 million Internet users and there are now over 2.7 billion users, with the best yet to come. But above all, the statement by the Head of Christie's about Artworks and Internet is an excellent reference for us.

Boursica:
There is still growth on the Internet?

Thierry Ehrmann:
We're only at 30% of the growth cycle on the Internet and at 15% of the dematerialization of the “old” economy. The mobile Internet suits Artprice perfectly, because our customers are nomadic by nature and needs information in the heat of the action, as experts, insurers, dealers, auction houses, customs services, and of course collectors and amateurs buying or selling in galleries or at auctions.
For Artprice, the mobile internet should represent about 80% of our consultations. We are already over 30% and this year all the major consulting firms have issued forecasts estimating the number of smartphones sold in 2012 at between 550 and 700 million, implying a massive number of new mobile users. In 2015, more than 3.5 billion mobile Internet users will be able to connect to Artprice.

Boursica:
What do you mean by 15% of the dematerialization of the old economy:

Thierry Ehrmann:
We are only at the beginning of the dematerialization of the old economy.
Let me quote my old master Pythagoras, the first philosopher for whom everything was numbers (with the exception of essences that are unquantifiable, inexpressible human emotions that have nothing to do with numbers). Hence…beyond the number of Internet users… almost every commercial transaction can be dematerialized… Artprice with the Art Market is a perfect example. In fact, you will see that the world is heading two distinctly complementary directions: dematerialization and sustainable development. The only real answer to the energy crisis is dematerialization.

Boursica:
Faced with such figures, how will you cope technically?

Thierry Ehrmann:
In the 1990s, through our parent company, Server Group, which is one of the earliest pioneers of the Internet since 1987 (according to Time Magazine), we have worked in compliance with European directives and the CNIL (French Data Protection Authority) on the concept of data mining, but we have now moved to the concept of "Big data" with data storage units measured in petabytes. This data is generated in real time; it comes from all countries in continuous streams, is meta tagged, but heterogeneously, and come from very diverse deconstructed non-predictive sources.

Boursica:
What is the difference between Big data and Data mining? Are we talking about the same thing?

Thierry Ehrmann:
No, I'll explain why. The concept of data mining was to cross groups’ high value-added database data in order to produce very high quality data. The concept of Big data has Data mining as a subset, but with the collection – in compliance with the rules of personal data protection – of billions of data (logs) previously considered non-core, whereas in fact, as soon as we saw how the cost of the petabyte (1000 terabytes) was diminishing, we realized that the data mining exploitation of this a priori less qualitative and considered negligible data, could in fact produce uncommonly rich data. We can now understand complex and immediate phenomena and quickly provide products and services that literally follow the demand of our tens of millions of free or paid visitors.

Boursica:
Specifically, what types of applications may "Big data" be able to provide?

Thierry Ehrmann:
We were able to measure, for example, since the opening of the Standardized Auction Marketplace on January 18, 2012, not only the sheer number of visitors who had never visited Artprice before, but also, by examining hundreds of millions of logs as of January 18, 2012, to understand why these new customers came only now, i.e. since the start of the auction service. Similarly, as I said earlier in this interview, in this enormous volume of traffic that has increased almost fivefold compared with the Standardized Fixed-Price Marketplace, we can interpret these new clients and prospects who appear to be only interested in the auction service, but who actually spend their time zapping between the Standardized Auction Marketplace and our free and low-value added data in our paid databases on prices, indices, and biographies, without spending more than €50.
Thanks to the Big data, we can produce tailored subscriptions that assume that 70% of these new clients and prospects are equipped with mobile internet and calculate their level of paid information according to their profiles that we estimate at around €36 per year or €3 per month. What changes everything in this analysis is that our target is no longer measured in millions of subscribers, as is the case now, but tens of millions of art consumers on mobile phones such as iPhones or Android OS Google phones

Boursica:
In all this, where are the artists?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Well this is it! in fact…thanks to the Big data, we realize that, despite our biographical database covering 1.8 million artists (of whom 450,000 sell through public auctions), there are nearly a million other artists who are much less known, with more discreet careers and who are really fascinated by the possibility of selling their works on our Standardized Auction Marketplace, with their biographies online, without going through the economic process of the gallery and then the auction house which they eschew for reasons of independence. This potential is far from negligible and the price of their works, often under €7500, allows us to apply our lower tariff range of 9% commissions and fees.

Boursica:
Regarding your social network Artprice Insider, how far have got with that?

Thierry Ehrmann:
This social network, built with sociologists and network professionals, will be the opposite of Facebook; professionals and Artprice members will appear under their real names and Artprice Insider will be coupled to the Standardized Fixed-Price and Auction Marketplace. The first tests have given excellent results and the information exchanges are all “uselful” unlike the majority of social networks which are overflowing with useless information. We’ve been perfecting it over the past 18 months because it is going to have an explosive impact on the cozy world of the art market, and we want to make sure we get it right.

Boursica:
This network, would it be reserved for art market initiates?

Thierry Ehrmann:

No, not exactly. I would say that this network is more akin to a think tank or a Brain box. The strength of Artprice Insider will be its capacity to foster original ideas, to bring together a pool of experts, to be a forum for expertise, to feed the debate concerning the art market and to encourage the emergence of new concepts. In short…Absolutely every aspect of the art market needs to be re-invented, having been totally asleep until the arrival of the Internet. Now here is a small scoop: there will be live contributions from members of the top 100 Market Makers of the art market on Artprice Insider.

Boursica:
With all these projects, how do you find the time to prepare a retrospective of your 30 years as a sculptor-artist for June 2012 at the Abode of Chaos, which apart from being Artprice’s headquarters, is also a Museum of Contemporary Art?
 
Thierry Ehrmann:
You are right… I will be “celebrating” my 30 years of work as a sculptor-artist in June of this year and I have indeed been preparing this event for 18 months in the shape of a major project consisting of 450 raw steel sculptures that are an invitation to visitors to complete the course and discover the 3,609 outdoor artworks forming the corpus of the Abode of Chaos (dixit The New York Times).

The project involved more than 900 tons of raw steel, master blacksmiths and high precision laser, to create what will be Europe’s largest statuary facility. Once again, I would say that my direct connection with creative processes helps me enormously in my relations with artists and art market players. Artprice could not exist or succeed without being totally immersed in the field of art. Anecdotally, among our 120,000 visitors per year, there are a significant number of shareholders and customers; so I can enjoy weekends of discussions and exchanges that are highly relevant to Artprice outside the work context. With a touch of humor, I can say that I do a 63 hour week. That said, this choice, which I accept with lucidity, can explain many things that some do not fully appreciate.

Boursica:
What about your stock price in 2011? And what are you expecting in 2012?

Thierry Ehrmann:
In my humble opinion, few managers of listed companies in Europe anticipated their stock market progressions in 2011 as accurately as we did. In 2011 Artprice posted the best performance of the entire French regulated market, rising no less than +472% over the year (on a total traded volume of €873 million) and passing the symbolic €67 mark that I had predicted on the basis of the famous stock market dictum "price seen, price re-seen". On a sliding annual basis to date, our share price has posted an increase of 476% on a traded volume of €1.25 billion. This year, with the Compartment B Eurolist and our transition to SRD Long Only a few days ago, and of course the new auction activity, I believe that we could see Artprice’s share price consolidating around 90 euros. Naturally, I say this with all the usual reservations, disclaimers and
warnings that apply to such predictive declarations, particularly with respect to exogenous events.

Boursica:
You said recently that certain funds might be interested in Artprice. Can you tell us more?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Without transgressing the principle of confidentiality between the parties, our switch to the SRD Long Only segment means that many funds that are statutorily prohibited from taking positions in French companies on the SRD can now acquire lines in Artprice. These funds have a very different approach to the French funds and essentially approach valuation through the stock market comparison methodology. In our case, with our Standardized Auction and Fixed-Price Marketplace, Artprice is perceived as a major player in the Art Market on Internet. Logically therefore, we are compared with a number of different companies including Sotheby's which is the only publicly-traded auction company in the world. This vision of Artprice leads to a very different valuation of Artprice because they believe that our stock price does not at all represent the company’s true value.

Boursica:
Can you be more specific?

Thierry Ehrmann
In our first interview in June 2011, we gave you computing elements with specific examples of valuation methods that are more than 120 years old (N.B. 80% of the value of an Auction House is its client base – between $800 and $4000 per client – and the other 20% is its reputation if it is well known. Hence according to this method, the valuation essentially depends on correctly assessing whether a client is worth $800 or $4000, and this assessment is based on strata of information about the client). So for Artprice’s teams, myself and our shareholders, we are almost certainly at the start of a new adventure. I would say we are like a company that is preparing an IPO on the Nasdaq, with, as a significant advantage, the maturity and experience gained from 11 years of outstanding and irreproachable performance on a regulated market. It's very exciting and extremely motivating.

Boursica:
And your agreements in Asia… how is that dossier progressing?

Thierry Ehrmann:

In March 2012, we are starting a long campaign in China involving nearly 40 meetings with major Chinese auction houses with whom we share much in common, including the dematerialization of the art market, and they think like us, that the notion of physical auction houses is outdated in 2012 compared with the Internet and in particular our Standardized Auction Market Place which will have its own HQ in our future offices in Hong Kong.
Asia, which I have known well for 20 years, moves at a very different pace to the West. It takes much longer to gain the confidence of your future partner. A business man’s word is considered more important than a contract. But, at the same time, Asians are capable of setting up a business at speeds that would make most Westerners panic. I think that Artprice is well positioned in Asia where we are considered forward-thinking, far ahead of the old Anglo-Saxon auction houses that are seen by Asians as sometimes overtaken by events.

Boursica:
Since you mention the old Anglo-Saxon houses, what is your relationship with them now and especially since January 18, 2012?

Thierry Ehrmann:
The balance of power that was established in 2005 with the Standardized Fixed Price Marketplace Standardized has changed considerably. It seems that the two economies (physical and digital) have each conducted in-depth reflections on their future. It is true that the confrontation between the old economy and the digital economy in sectors other than the art market have advanced the debate. Once again, the die is cast, with nearly three billion Internet users compared with 50 million in 1999, hence my theory of the economic paradigm shift.

Boursica:

Can you tell us a little more about this paradigm shift?

Thierry Ehrmann:
The old economy has finally realized that our 25 years experience on the Internet as Group Server (which controls Artprice), of which I am the founder, cannot be acquired overnight and is very expensive to acquire in view of the sophistication levels of today’s Internet culture. In the art market sector, I recall anecdotally that the New York authorities issued recommendations to wealthy New Yorkers to avoid a number of locations, including auctions, due to the "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrations. That said, the big auction houses are gradually liquidating their real estate or prematurely terminating their leases. They have discovered that IT systems within secure Intranet networks, data mining, behavioral marketing, indexing, databases standardizing the art market… these are all heavy industrial tools with very high financial and technological barriers to entry,
and, sometimes, as in our case, under the protections of intellectual property that quite simply prohibit anyone from setting up Standardized Marketplaces® on the art market (without a license from us) since Artprice owns the different copyrights, including, amongst others, the sui generis rights.

Boursica:

So what should we conclude?

Thierry Ehrmann:
The first conclusion is that the old school has recognized the value of the tangible and intangible assets that constitute one of Artprice’s major treasures. The second point is that the big auction houses have all invested in the Internet, usually via two or three investment plans, systematically involving hundreds of millions of dollars, with generally unsatisfactory and sometimes disastrous results. The third point involves the recognition of a historical actor like Artprice and the ability to imagine, for the first time, a true sharing of the art market.

Boursica:
How would the Art Market be shared?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Very simply, the whole segment of works under €15,000 is foreign to them, and yet it accounts for a colossal proportion of the art market (81%). Between €15,000 and €50,000, they are not really competitive in price terms. This raises the issue of works of more than €50,000 and of course works in 7-figures which can be accompanied by tailored services for both the buyer and the seller. It doesn’t take long for these old auction houses to realize that their marketing benefits and seniority will not be enough to balance their projected budgets for the next five years. They therefore need to take a pragmatic approach by moving closer to us.

Of course, we respect them, but we cannot do anything other than refer to our Asian partners who have long anticipated the situation and therefore have no further problems to resolve. It is however quite possible that we will manage to find common ground because there is now a younger generation of senior management running these old houses who are not letting the ghosts of the past get in their way and are finally taking action.
I firmly believe that in 2012 our shareholders will have plenty of good and occasionally surprising news.

Boursica:
Can you tell us more?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Without revealing any secrets, we have key players who, with great maturity, have decided to progressively adopt us as a white or gray label. It is obvious that within these frameworks, the transfer of revenues from traditional companies that have been operating art auctions for many years, using our Standardized Auction Marketplace for their own account, is likely to have a significant impact on our share price.
Currently, this is the type of scenario we are experiencing on a regular basis: the CEO of a large international auction house retires and is replaced by a new CEO of 35 who, immediately after his audit, approaches us with a real desire to do big business, whereas his predecessor, close to retirement age, considered Artprice in the best of cases as nothing more than an art world UFO. Once again, patience has been an essential element in the success of Artprice since its inception.

Boursica:
In that sort of context, what then is your status?

Thierry Ehrmann:
In such cases, we work as an IT services house and central server and we charge recurring fees for hosting and for the use of our software and proprietary databases.

Boursica:
Finally, a last word. In our first interview, you said that Artprice was only at 10% of its development potential; then, in the second interview, you thought that 5% would be a more accurate estimate. How much would you say today?

Thierry Ehrmann:

We are still at 5% of Artprice’s development, but the big difference is that in 2011, that 5% was only an intuition, whereas now it is backed up by facts and figures, which changes everything for our shareholders and for us …

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Previous interviews of thierry Ehrmann, founder and CEO of Artprice.com:
– June 5, 2011
http://serveur.serveur.com/Press_Release/pressreleaseEN.htm#20110606
– October 9, 2011
http://serveur.serveur.com/Press_Release/pressreleaseEN.htm#20111010

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