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In Brussels, the personal contemporary art collection of Charles Riva is enjoyed and appreciated by many. A few days per week, reports AHAlife, the French collector opens his private residence and invites the public in to view art as he does, at home.

Paul McCarthy, 'Captain Dick Hat', 2003, silcone (gold), 53 x 150 x 125 cm, in "Selected Works by Paul McCarthy from 1993 to 2009", at Charles Riva Collection (Brussels, Belgium). Courtesy: Charles Riva Collection. Photo: Isabelle Arthuis.

Paul McCarthy, 'Captain Dick Hat', 2003, silcone (gold), 53 x 150 x 125 cm, in "Selected Works by Paul McCarthy from 1993 to 2009", at Charles Riva Collection (Brussels, Belgium). Courtesy: Charles Riva Collection. Photo: Isabelle Arthuis.

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Enjoying art at home

Charles Riva, a collector and the owner of the Sutton Lane group of galleries, with locations in London, Brussels and Paris, describes his collection as:

…rather eclectic in its make-up; it does not focus like some collections on objective or non-objective works, nor to any certain imagery. What is important for me is to represent what contemporary art can look forward to: works which will appreciate over time while at the present moment remaining what is the most current, the most exciting work available.

Riva’s present collection includes artworks by a range of emerging and contemporary artists including Tauba Auerbach, Paul McCarthy and Jim Lambie.

Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley, 'Heidi: Mid-life Crisis Center and Negative Media-Engram Abstraction Release Zone' (video still), 1992, video projection, 62m:40s. Courtesy: Charles Riva Collection. Photo: Isabelle Arthuis.

Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley, 'Heidi: Mid-life Crisis Center and Negative Media-Engram Abstraction Release Zone' (video still), 1992, video projection, 62m:40s. Courtesy: Charles Riva Collection. Photo: Isabelle Arthuis.

Maintaining a domestic touch

Riva has been actively involved in the contemporary art scene for over a decade. He opened the doors to the Charles Riva Collection in 2009 and now manages to run between two and four exhibitions a year. The Collection operates as a non-profit art space and provides both the quality of an established art venue as well as the intimacy and hospitality of a private home. Capitalising on the unique characteristics that a private residence can provide, Riva even invites a lucky few “to live with the art for a few days, and walk around in their bathrobe and enjoy it with fresh eyes in the morning.”

Paul McCarthy, 'Moeko Bling', 2009, nickel plating on fiberglass, 66 x 36.6 x 38.1 cm. Courtesy: Charles Riva Collection. Image: Isabelle Arthuis.

Paul McCarthy, 'Moeko Bling', 2009, nickel plating on fiberglass, 66 x 36.6 x 38.1 cm. Courtesy: Charles Riva Collection. Image: Isabelle Arthuis.

Installation view, Charles Riva Collection (Brussels, Belgium).

Installation view, Charles Riva Collection (Brussels, Belgium).

A model Europe is embracing

Across Europe, a number of collectors have made it a custom to invite the general public to view their personal collections, mostly of contemporary art, in the privacy of their own homes. In Berlin, this practice is particularly apparent, with perhaps the most unique and notable example of this exhibition model being the Boros Collection in Berlin-Mitte. In 2003, collector Christian Boros purchased and converted a 1942-built air raid shelter into an eighty-room exhibition space and penthouse living quarters for his family.

Click here to read more about the Boros Collection and other similar residential art spaces in Berlin.

Exterior view of the Boros Collection (Berlin, Germany).

Exterior view of the Boros Collection (Berlin, Germany).

Art exhibitions at home in Asia?

Earlier this year, The New York Times released an article commenting on the growing number of Asian collectors that were slated to open local museums in which to exhibit their personal collections. Attributed with fulfilling the need for non-profit and non-commercial art spaces in the region, these new investments appear to outdo, scale-wise, the more intimate residential model practiced by collectors such as Riva and Boros.

Other private collectors in Asia have devised creative approaches for showcasing their collections. Chinese art collectors Sylvain and Dominique Levy, for example, have turned to the Internet and innovative technologies such as iPad applications to make their Chinese contemporary art collection, named the DSL Collection, accessible to an international audience, thus providing armchair art lovers with an opportunity to browse through a top Asian art collection without leaving home.

Do you live in Asia and know of a premier residential collection showcase in a city or town near you? If yes, tell us about it by leaving a comment below.

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A different way to show art: art at home, art for guests – AHAlife — 1 Comment

  1. as we enter further into the 21st century, more and more individuals will be looking for alternative outlets for their artistic expressions, all being as individualistic as themselves. Its kind of a throwback to the 1960’s in a way, but now with more confidence….a nice welcome, for sure.

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