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    Who are we?

    At a time when the art market is decidedly international in nature, private collectors might still feel like neofites when it comes to collecting art beyond national borders. However, it is our firm belief that with the right kind of knowledgeable support, anyone can become an art collector. Okura Arts is a gallery set in Paris, whose mission is to build a bridge between France and Japan, bound by a mutual understanding and admiration of each culture’s artistic heritage.

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    The history of this intercultural bridge stretches all the way back to the 19th century, where Mr. Okura sought to unveil the treasures of Japanese contemporary art to European nations. Today, his descendants pursue his noble mission by showcasing the beauty of French contemporary art to the Japanese public.

     

    At the intersection of art and technology, Okura Arts aims at nurturing our universal appreciation of beauty and sophistication, by offering our Japanese collectors a tailored approach to customer service and art advisory.  Take a look at the latest additions to our collection.

     

    Yuko Suzuki-Flament

    President of Okura Arts

    Responsible for art advisory and coordination of commissioned production.

    After graduating from the Faculty of Arts at Aoyama Gakuin University, Yuko Suzuki-Flament studied art history at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. After an internship at a local auction house, she joined Christie’s South Kensington in London as a full-time employee. She was involved in the appraisal of works, their sale at auction as well as a study on Asian art. She then joined Brian Harkins Oriental Art in London as a curator and researcher, participating in numerous international exhibitions in New York, Hong Kong and London.

    In 2007, she moved to Paris, where she worked for contemporary art galleries such as OREM in the Marais, before joining Singulart in Paris, one of the world’s leading online art galleries, as its first Japanese employee. In charge of private and corporate collectors, Yuko Suzuki-Flament has sold close to 2000 works there and has thus already established the unavoidable importance of the Japanese market.

    Publications : Participated in the publication of the catalogs “Diversity from Adversity” (2006) and “Makatsu-yaki, the world’s favorite pottery” (2010).

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    With many years of accumulated experience, I would be happy to help you build your collection.

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    Lou-Naëma Fischer-Angoulvent

    Executive Director of Okura Arts, Head of Collections

    Born to a German father and a French mother, Lou-Naëma Fischer-Angoulvent grew up in a cosmopolitan environment, from Dakar, Senegal to Brussels, Belgium.

    She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public policy from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Japanese language and a master’s degree in Japanese photography from the University of Paris. Having studied for a year at Hitotsubashi University in Japan, she is fluent in French, English and German and has a thorough knowledge of Japanese language and culture. She notably participated in the organization of the Art History Festival at the Château de Fontainebleau in 2018.

    Publications:

    • The Eye of Photography, Mari Katayama: Embodying Multiple Identities (Best of 2021)
    • Dumas, The Body in the Eye of the Kimura Ihei Prize Winners (2021)

    I wish to introduce French and European artists to Japan, a country that welcomed me with open arms during my studies, in order to deepen the cultural link between our two countries.

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