BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors—The first global guide to private and publicly accessible collections of contemporary art.
BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors
The first global guide to private and publicly
accessible collections of contemporary art
173 art collections
58 color illustrations
English & German
BMW, Independent Collectors, and Hatje Cantz proudly present the first global guide to private and publicly accessible collections of contemporary art: The BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors. As the first book of its kind, the guide provides an international overview of 173 publicly accessible private collections of contemporary art. Concise portraits of each collection, replete with color illustrations, take the reader to over 30 countries and through regions and neighborhoods sometimes quite off the beaten path.
“Owning works of art changes most collectors as deeply as creating them does the artist. As an expression of a collector’s personality, an art collection can also kindle the desire to share such private treasures with the public. This is what the BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors is all about,” reads the cover text on this new publication by BMW and Independent Collectors. An extensive network of collectors, gallerists, artists, and journalists assisted with the research and compilation of this new standard work, which will be published in June 2012 by the internationally renowned art-book publisher Hatje Cantz. Neither online nor in book form will you find such a list of international private collections—some of which will open their doors to art lovers and connoisseurs for the first time.
“A very useful book without any rococo verbiage,” says Anna Somers Cocks, founding editor of The Art Newspaper.
The BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors is the first joint publication by BMW and Independent Collectors, a partnership that began in 2009. Like other collaborative projects, this guide serves a collective goal: making private contemporary art accessible to the public.
“This project is a milestone for our Independent Collectors platform, which has until now only been online. I think it’s a milestone for BMW, too,” says Christian Schwarm, founder of Independent Collectors. “Absolutely,” says Dr. Uwe Ellinghaus, Director Brand Management BMW and Marketingservices BMW Group. “We loved the idea of the Art Guide from the start. To underline this interest, we decided to co-publish such a book for the first time.”
Among the collections featured are Sammlung Boros (Germany), Fundación Chirivella Soriano (Spain), Devi Art Foundation (India), Essl Museum (Austria), Fondation Francès (France), Sammlung Goetz (Germany), Collezione Gori (Italy), The Hess Art Collection (Argentina, South Africa, USA), Instituto Inhotim (Brazil), Sammlung Majerus (Luxembourg), MALBA—Fundación Costantini (Argentina), The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse (USA), Museum of Old and New Art (Australia), Rennie Collection (Canada), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Italy), Sammlung Schroth (Germany), Vanhaerents Art Collection (Belgium), Zabludowicz Collection (Finland, Great Britain, USA), and many more.
BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors—The first global guide to private and publicly accessible collections of contemporary art. © BMW AG, Munich; Independent Collectors, Berlin; © photo: David Spaeth, Stuttgart