The sale of the Zaira & Marcel Mis Collection on 24 October 2012 will be one of the top auction events in Paris this Autumn. The collection was formed by Zaira and Marcel Mis over nearly half a century and includes works by Egon Schiele, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Alexander Calder, Lucio Fontana, Robert Rauschenberg and Alighiero Boetti. The collection also features an extraordinary ensemble of works by René Magritte.
Zaira and Marcel both developed an independant interest in art collecting for different reasons. Zaira's family had a tradition of collecting modern art and Marcel's curiosity was stimulated by his work as a textile engineer. They both acquired works throughout their lives through a variety of encounters and opportunities.
The Mis Collection makes no claim to chart the history of 20th century art and does not concentrate on any specific period or movement. It is an ensemble with a strong and courageous visual personality comprising a sweeping variety of works that unblushingly mingle superstars of 20th century art with less famous artists who, through their painterly or sculptural research, helped construct or deconstruct the artistic panorama of the last century.