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Art fair to encourage collector-run museums to share exhibitions

Art14 announces details of its "Global Private Museum Summit"

Among the participants of the "Global Private Museum Summit" is Owais Husain, the artist son of India’s foremost Modernist, the late M.F. Husain, who is planning a museum for his father

The organisers of Art14 London, which holds its second edition between 28 February and 2 March 2014, will dedicate its next invite-only conference, the “Global Private Museum Summit” (27 February 2014) to sharing exhibitions. “Few public museums now do a show without it touring elsewhere, and there is a pressing need for exhibitions in certain parts of the world,” says Philip Dodd, the chairman of Art14’s board of advisers. These include China, he says, given that the country is now in a “museum-building phase”, but also, he says, “the flow should be both ways, why should an interesting show in New Delhi not go to Rome?”

The fair’s organisers have also revealed some of the participants of the summit, which aims to bring together around 30 owners of private museums from around the world. Many of the next generation of art patrons are coming to the forum for the first time next year. These include: Owais Husain, the artist son of India’s foremost Modernist, the late M.F. Husain, who is planning a museum for his father; Alexandra Economou, the daughter of the Greek shipping magnate George Economou who has a private museum in Athens; and Edward Spencer-Churchill, a partner in a private equity firm and the son of the Duke of Marlborough, whose family boasts several generations of collectors. Spencer-Churchill is said to be planning a private museum in the UK. Italy’s notable collector Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, who opened her foundation in Turin in 1995, is joined this year by her son, Eugenio.

Miami’s prominent collectors Don and Mera Rubell, who founded their family museum in the city in 1993, will return to the global summit in 2014. “The northern European model of public-funded museums looks to me like the exception now,” says Dodd.

Meanwhile, Art14 is launching “Art & the City”, a programme to put private museum directors in touch with property developers, luxury hotel groups, fashion companies and other private sector businesses that are now using art to regenerate cities (Dodd cites the Rubell’s planned second space in Southwest Washington as a prime example). For this, another next-generation luminary brings some clout: Kate Rothko, the daughter of the painter Mark Rothko, is due to participate in a public talk with Dai Zhikang, the founder of the Shanghai property group, Zendai (28 February 2014).

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