Collectors

Collector's Eye: Alex Petalas

Art lovers tell us what they’ve bought and why

Buy one, gift one free: why collectors acquire two works and give one away

Buying a work and donating another to a museum sounds like a win-win—but who really benefits?

Collectorsinterview

Collector's eye: Batia Ofer

The London-based collector tells us what she has bought and why

Collectors Eye: Christen Sveaas

The Norwegian collector tells us what he has bought and why

Booksfeature

Book extract | What makes buyers want to create private museums for their collections?

In this adapted excerpt from her new book, The Rise and Rise of the Private Art Museum, Georgina Adam examines the motivations of collectors who founded their own art spaces

Collector's eye: Hans Furer

The Basel-based collector tells us what he's bought and why

Can you build a national collection without actually buying any art? The Dubai Collection says you can

The state-backed online "museum" plans a physical exhibition later this year at the Ethihad Museum

Portuguese collector Joe Berardo—detained for tax fraud—also investigated for other crimes

Businessman behind the Museu Coleção Berardo in Lisbon, one of Portugal's most visited museums, allegedly owes nearly €1bn

Come for the art, stay for the night at collector's south of France foundation

Provençal offshoot of Hubert Bonnet’s Brussels art space doubles as a five-room guest house

Art marketanalysis

From sneakers to Pokémon cards: here are five of the hottest collectibles

With baseball cards selling for $5.2m each and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s first ever tweet making $2.9m, people will collect anything if its rare and makes them nostalgic

Eli Broad, an unexpected—and often unreasonable—arts patron

The self-made billionaire helped shape the Los Angeles art scene, while clashing with most of its prominent museum leaders

Korean museums to receive 23,000 works from Samsung estate in $11bn tax settlement

Lee Kun-hee, the Samsung Electronics chairman who died in October, leaves collection worth $2.2bn, including works by Monet, Dali and Chagall

Poacher turned gamekeeper? Art world 'disruptor' Stefan Simchowitz opens Los Angeles gallery

“I support so many artists and I’d like to provide exhibition opportunities for them,” says the controversial dealer and art advisor

National Gallery in London and Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin reach 'collegiate' agreement over disputed art collection

After long-running row over the bequest of 19th-century collector Hugh Lane, new deal adds two paintings to rotating loan and greater collaboration between the two museums

Cate Blanchett is building her own art gallery at her English country home

Old outbuildings on the actor's estate will be knocked down to make way for the studio—and provisions will be made for the protected bats that live there

Moderna vaccine billionaire Timothy Springer explains his love for Chinese scholar rocks

Gongshi—whose unusual forms are created by years of river erosion—have long been highly prized in Asia. Now they are garnering admirers in the West

Art marketanalysis

Blue-chip artists move over, here come the red chips

Art as a blue-chip investment has had its day, as buyers chase the latest "red-chip" names

Brexitnews

As a Brexit deal is agreed, confused and resigned UK art world ponders life after leaving the European Union

Art dealers, shippers and auctioneers are unsure about how leaving the single market will impact their business—but there is a silver lining

This Hans Memling painting failed to sell at Christie's—now its owner has given it back to Bruges where it was painted over 500 years ago

The work was offered for sale at £1.5m to £2.5m in 2019 but US collector Bill Middendorf has decided to give it to the Belgian city

Art marketanalysis

All ears: why collectors can’t get enough of industry hype right now

In an increasingly asset-driven art trade, collecting by listening to the buzz is fast becoming the norm

Billionaire art collector Sheldon Solow's tax-exempt art foundation was infamously inaccessible—now his widow says she will open it to the public

The real estate developer died on Tuesday aged 92. His collection in New York has been parodied for being almost impossible to visit despite receiving tax breaks

Actor Samuel L. Jackson and footballer Samuel Eto’o pay tribute to art collector Sindika Dokolo during six-hour televised memorial

Dokolo was buried at Brompton Cemetery in West London yesterday following his funeral at Westminster Cathedral

Anny Shaw. with additional reporting by Gareth Harris

Congolese collector Sindika Dokolo reportedly dies in Dubai diving accident

Tributes pour in for “defender of African art”—who was also being investigated by Angolan authorities

Scottish museum joins Tate in cutting ties with dealer Anthony d’Offay

Hundreds of works will be returned following harassment allegations dating back to 1997

Erich Marx, Berlin collector and patron, dies age 99

His collection of works by Warhol, Twombly, Beuys and Kiefer is on long-term loan to the Berlin museums

Art marketcomment

What sort of art will we want after the pandemic ends?

Performance out, domestically-sized painting in

X-appeal: millennial collectors open private museum in Beijing

Founded by Michael Xufu Huang and Theresa Tse, the X Museum opens in the Chinese capital this weekend after Covid-19 delay

Portuguese judge orders seizure of all assets owned by African art collector Isabel dos Santos in the country

Move is intended to stall the sales of stakes in multi-million-Euro companies based in Portugal

Madridnews

Collector Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza invests in Madrid after leaving Vienna

Austrian patron donates work to Reina Sofia and commissions new piece by Ragnar Kjartansson to be shown at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

Collector Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo drops plans for new Madrid space in former slaughterhouse

Italian patron is looking for an alternative site in the Spanish capital after encountering "structural problems" with Matadero's Nave 9 building

'Universally admired' arts patron Agnes Gund stars in new documentary at MoMA

The film, directed by her daughter Catherine, shows the roots of the collector's social activism

Championing African American abstraction: inside the collection of Pamela Joyner

The San Francisco-based philanthropist tells us what she's bought and why

How to buy a... René Magritte

The artist’s trademark motifs make his work easily recognisable and desirable—but there is more to this Surrealist than apples and bowler hats

Art marketcomment

Millennials—monsters, or saviours of the art market?

What do young collectors want, what do they buy, and, as they become richer, will they add rocket fuel to the art market—or blow it up entirely?

Zervos: the name that can make or break a Picasso

An exhibition in Athens about the life of Christian Zervos, whose 33-volume catalogue of the artist is indispensable to the Picasso market

Angola freezes assets of billionaire and her art collector husband

Isabel dos Santos, Africa’s richest woman, is married to Sindika Dokolo who has been working for years on repatriating works to the African continent

'I only think of work I can afford': inside the collection of Martin Margulies

As his Miami arts space turns 20, the arts patron discusses Nathalie Djurberg's pink octopus and why takeout would be on the menu at his dinner party

'My Nick Cave sound suit requires a lot of dusting': inside the collection of Mike De Paola

The real estate and entertainment entrepreneur on why he kicks himself daily for not buying a Simone Leigh sculpture

'My mother placed a Calder mobile above the bathtub': inside the collection of Candia Fisher

The New York-based arts patron on her fascination with maritime artefacts and her regret at missing out on one of Monet's waterlilies

Collectorsinterview

'I have no regrets': inside the collection of Alan Faena

The Argentine real estate developer on installing Alfredo Jaar's electronic billboard on a boat and purchasing his first work at the age of 16

'A giant wall': art world feels the pinch of Trump’s 25% import duty on printed works

Collectors and artists are scrambling to find solutions to the US government’s penalty tariffs

Chinanews

German art worth €300m disappears in China, media reports

Collector Maria Chen-Tu says she had loaned works by Markus Lüpertz and Anselm Kiefer to a businessman to be shown in museums

King of the monarch collectors: George IV's lavish collection goes on show in London

The royal amassed works of art in every field from Rembrandt paintings to Sèvres porcelain

Collector Egidio Marzona buys eastern German castle to host design academy

The property was once home to Paul Schultze-Naumburg, a leading proponent of Nazi cultural policy

Stefan Edlis, prolific Chicago philanthropist and collector of contemporary art, has died, aged 94

Along with his wife Gael Neeson, the plastics mogul was considered a "Nobel Laureate of Chicago Philanthropy"

Ruby City: collector Linda Pace's dream museum becomes reality in Texas

Wizard of Oz vision inspires new $15m contemporary art centre in San Antonio designed by David Adjaye

'I wish I had bought a Banksy': inside the collection of Mark Hix

The restauranteur tells us about his unusual Bridget Riley work and displaying his art on his new boat

‘I have works under every couch and chair’: inside the collection of Alia Al-Senussi

The art patron and consultant tells us about her special Robert Mapplethorpe gift and her love for her mother's ivory

'I have a work made of mortadella': inside the collection of Gemma De Angelis Testa

The private collector tells us about her dreams for her own museum and the difficulty of maintaining her food art

'Issy Wood is one to watch': inside the collection of Raimund Berthold

We talk to the fashion designer about lending a work to the Old Vic theatre and how he dreams of buying the Beyeler's entire Stingel show

Collectorsfeature

The architects who build art collections: from Phil Freelon to I.M. Pei

While architects and designers are often inspired by the works of artists, their own acquiring habits are as varied as their influences

Norwegian sculpture park does the Twist with Bjarke Ingels extension

Kistefos's dramatic new exhibition gallery also functions as a panoramic bridge

Collectorsfeature

Feeling the pinch: why the middle-class collector is a dying breed

The Vogels filled their modest apartment with contemporary art, but wage stagnation has seen the professional-classes squeezed out of this overheated market

Collectors are now collecting museums, not the other way around

Seats on boards offered by major museums are increasingly being used to serve the narrow agendas of the ultra-rich

Art marketarchive

Elaborate, traditional pieces sold well at the latest auctions

Chinese and Russian buyers with a taste for the ornate have added a new layer of bidding and are forcing prices ever higher

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