ART COLLECTORS INDEPENDENT ART DEALERS
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.
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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.
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.”
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.
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.
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