In 2006, Axel Vervoordt and Galerie Kugel decided to join forces to celebrate an extraordinary man, who was ubiquitous in the art press and bore the affectionate title of “Prince des antiquaries”. Centred around the private collection of Nicolas Landau, the exhibition was a tribute to his taste and unique personality.
Self-defining as a “specialist of the unsellable”, Nicolas Landau influenced the aesthetic of his contemporaries like few other art dealers. He brought back to the forefront, at the time of the pre-war surrealist movement, scientific instruments, vanities, objects of curiosity, trompe l’oeil and can be considered as the inventor of the modern Kunstkammer.
This catalogue is an homage to this great man, and conveys his universe and personality.