viennacontemporary 2016 | Collectors Forum

Collectors Forum is a series of talks dealing with the subject of collecting art in the context of a globalized art scene. This year’s theme „Going Public“ is curated by Julien Robson who will speak with notable art collectors about the visions underlying private collections and the motivations of art collectors to present their collections to the general public. The series will discuss new models of private museums and their role in the development of contemporary art, the engagement to support the development of new art works, the important role collectors have in shaping the contemporary art world, and how to initiate a broader discussion around contemporary art in society.

Julien Robson is an independent curator and advisor, he lives and works in the USA and Austria. He is the founding director of Great Meadows Foundation, Kentucky (2016).

viennacontemporary 2015 

1:00–2:00 pm | Going Public: The Impact of Private Foundations

Julien Robson in conversation with
Paolo Falcone, founder and artistic director, Fondazione Sambuca, Palermo, IT
Miguel Leal Rios, director and curator, Fundação Leal Rios, Lisbon, PT

Private foundations can operate in unique ways, employing focused collecting concepts, as well as innovative and flexible frameworks to present art and engage the public. Through philanthropy they augment and expand the role of contemporary art in communities, especially in a time when public cultural spending is declining. Miguel Rios and Paolo Falcone will talk about the histories, ambitions, and roles of Fundação Leal Rios and Fondazione Sambuca. The panel will discuss motivations for creating private foundations and the impact they can have on the contemporary art world, as well as how they benefit artists and audiences both locally and globally.

1:00–2:00 pm | Going Public: Personal Vision, Public Space

Julien Robson in conversation with
Timo Miettinen, Miettinen Collection, founder, Salon Dahlmann, Berlin/Helsinki, chairman of the board, Teleste Oyj, Finland, DE/FI
Alain Servais, investment banker, entrepreneur, collector and opinionated, Brussels, BE

While the image of private collections going public is dominated by larger museum formats, like those in the “Miami model”, many collectors open their collections to audiences in a more intimate and perhaps more personal way. Highlighting two differing approaches, this conversation explores the motivation to collect, what makes an artist valuable to a collector, and what motivates a collector to share their collection publicly – with whom and why?

1:00–2:00 pm | Going Public: Bringing New Media Art to the Public

Julien Robson in conversation with
Isabelle & Jean-Conrad Lemaître, Collection Isabelle & Jean-Conrad Lemaître, FR

Already having collected contemporary art for over a decade, in 1996 Isabelle and Jean-Conrad Lemaȋtre began to focus on collecting video art. They started by acquiring works by well known figures and, over time, have come to focus more on emerging artists. Twenty years on they have created one of the most significant collections of video art in the world. Talking about their origins as collectors and the vision they have developed, the Lemaȋtres will also discuss their philanthropic activities, supporting young artists and promoting video art to broader audiences through their work with the “LOOP” video fair in Barcelona and the “Video Video” festival they founded in Burgundy.

1:00–2:00 pm | Going Public: Private Collection, Public Resource

Julien Robson in conversation with
Patricia Vergez, Juan and Patricia Vergez Collection, Buenos Aires, AR

Beginning in the late 1980s, Juan Vergez and Patricia Pearson-Vergez have gone on to build a collection of international contemporary art that is world renowned. As well as presenting and rotating their collection in Tacuari—a four storey building which used to be a former ink factory in the center of Buenos Aires—they actively collaborate with museums and lend works to important exhibitions. In this conversation Patricia Pearson-Vergez discusses the history and focus of the Vergez collection, the couple’s relationships with artists and institutions, and how and why they share their collection with the public.

The conversations will take place at the Talks area | D40

22 – 25 September 2016
Marx Halle
Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19, A-1030 Vienna

Opening hours:
Thursday, 22 September 2015: 11:00 am–7:00 pm
Friday, 23 September 2015: 11:00 am–7:00 pm
Saturday, 24 September 2015: 11:00 am–6:00 pm
Sunday: 25  September 2015: 11:00 am–6:00 pm

Public transport:
Underground: U3-Station Erdberg – Exit Nottendorfer Gasse via Karl-Farkas-Gasse Train: Line 7 – Stop St. Marx
Tram: Line 71 – Stop St. Marx, Line 18 – Stop Viehmarktgasse or St. Marx
Bus: Line 74A – Stop St. Marx, 80A – Final stop St. Marx

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