BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors

The Open Road to Jupiter

Robert & Nicky Wilson - Jupiter Artland

Charles Jencks, Life Mounds, 2005 - present
Charles Jencks, Life Mounds, 2005 - present

A stone’s throw away from Scotland’s capital, the pure, warm sound of Caribbean steel drums rings out across the sprawling grounds of Jupiter Artland. In the year that Jeremy Deller represents the UK at the Venice Biennale, it is a major coup for the Scottish sculpture park to be showing an exhibition of his collaborative work and this joyful performance by Deller’s long-term collaborators Steel Harmony sets the tone for a day of vibrant discovery.

At the heart of this dynamic collection lies the family home of Nicky and Robert Wilson. Their ethos as collectors is grounded in the provision of a space where invited artists and visitors alike can grow their ideas as organically as the surrounding landscape. Their openness means that whether indulging in a mellow day out with the kids or undertaking a serious art pilgrimage, a trip to Jupiter will always make for a rewarding and resonant journey.

Dappled light filters through broad leaves onto a manicured lawn where children gambol and a hip crowd of art lovers tap feet to the transformed anthems of the British underground. The joyful dancing and surrounding lush nature is reflected in the gleaming, pop-rainbows of Jim Lambie’s "A Forest". This work borders a woodland path which will lead us to intimate encounters with more of Britain’s highest-profile contemporary sculptors. As gin cocktails chink and fizz on the lawn, the sounds of our high spirits drift over the Steading gallery walls to the courtyard where Alan Kane and Deller's "Steam Powered Internet Machine" chugs away, releasing occasional crowd-pleasing jets of toot-toot steam. The laptop to which it connects - in a playful line drawn between the industrial and digital revolutions -, is being rigorously checked by Nicky Wilson, keeping a watchful eye on the forecast as giant puffy clouds gather and disperse overhead, threatening to rain on our parade.

The Wilsons long considered themselves serious collectors, but the move to Bonnington House in 1999 presented the ideal vessel in which their ambitions could take shape. This 100 acre estate was to become home, not just to their growing family, but to their burgeoning passion for contemporary sculpture. Each of the 31 works in the permanent collection has been directly commissioned, developing symbiotic relationships with artists and affording them the freedom to respond to the land. Works such as Nathan Coley’s arresting "In Memory" mine the site’s nebulous histories for inspiration and Cornelia Parker’s staggeringly-scaled "Landscape with Gun and Tree" is an addition to the landscape which is deeply imbedded in the Wilson’s legacy. Citing Ian Hamilton Finlay's garden "Little Sparta" as having been profoundly influential in the creation and ethos of Jupiter Artland (Finlay’s work also features prominently), Nicky wishes that more private collections were accessible to the wider public: "It’s like cracking open a walnut and seeing the brain of the collector; seeing all their loves and passions and delights in their life held in one space" Each distinct area of Jupiter is resplendent with the jewels of the Wilson’s passion for collecting. The entry path emerges between the landscaped folds and gullies of Charles Jencks’ "Lifemounds" where children shriek with delight, climbing the whirling grassy knolls to take in the view which unfolds before them like the pages of an enchanted children’s storybook. Marc Quinn’s Triffid-like orchids loom on the horizon and in a hidden grotto studded with sparkling Amethyst, Anya Gallaccio elicits gasps of wonder from adventurous art hunters of all ages.

It is not every collector who will proffer their treasures so freely, but the Wilsons were resolute right from the start: "You can’t really keep these things to yourself" sums-up Nicky "it just seems wrong!" It is in this spirit of generosity that the Jupiter Foundation education and residency programme was founded; the Wilson’s firm belief in the transformative power of creativity and beauty has resulted in a family-friendly art space which maintains both openness and a cutting-edge scope. With the expansion of the BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors, walls around private collections are effectively coming down, leading to opportunities for ever-broader audiences to reap the benefits. As someone who relishes the chance to network and view other collections, Nicky welcomes such initiatives as a mechanism for greater openness and fluidity in conversations around collecting. As tea from the glorious Deller/Kane "Tea Urn" replenishes a thirsty crowd returning for a break in their day’s adventures I am reminded that, like most British rituals, the cups of tea which keep this nation pepped are the legacy of cultural influx and exchange. The Wilsons demonstrate just what can be achieved when creative exchange is stimulated and opened to unexpected elements. As Jupiter grows and changes with the seasons, active relationships with its artists and public continue to cultivate ever-deeper roots.

Kate Andrews is an Edinburgh-based writer, curator and founder of "JaAliceKlarr projects"; a cross-disciplinary curatorial collaboration.

Collections (93)

Museum Liaunig

Nuriel Molcho and Francesca Gavin travel out of Vienna to hillside Carinthia, to meet with Peter Liaunig

Fundació Vila Casas

Three buildings, three points of focus: painting, sculpture and photography

Gibbs Farm

A sculpture park in XXL format with monumental art in the grandness of nature

Kloster Schoenthal

Nature-inspired sculptures in a pristine landscape

Pinchuk Art Centre

Blue-chip contemporary in the first private museum in the former USSR

Museo James Turrell — The Hess Art Collection, Colomé

Turrell’s largest Skyspace and additional light rooms in breathtaking surroundings

Kunst(Zeug)Haus

An extensive private collection of Swiss contemporary art of the last fifty years

Mathaf—Arab Museum of Modern Art

A Royal Collection Spanning 200 Years of Arab Art – Doha, Qatar

Sara Piccinini

Senior Coordinator, Collezione Maramotti - Reggio Emilia, Italy

Reflection and Speculation

Sammlung von Kelterborn – Frankfurt, Germany

KaviarFactory

DJ Cassy and Francesca Gavin meet with collectors Venke and Rolf A. Hoff in Henningsvær, Norway

Deichtorhallen Hamburg – Sammlung Falckenberg

Positions of social criticism in German and American contemporary art – Hamburg, Germany

Houghton Hall

Pari Ehsan and Francesca Gavin meet with collector Lord David Cholmondeley in King’s Lynn, Norfolk

The Walther Collection

Inside and Outside the Frame – Neu Ulm, Germany

Peter Ibsen Collection

Minimalist Works That Hone Your Sense for Detail – Copenhagen, Denmark

Initiating Dialogues

Sammlung Hoffmann – Berlin, Germany

The Mallin Collection & Buckhorn Sculpture Park

Andrea Denver and Francesca Gavin meet with collectors Sherry and Joel Mallin in Upstate New York

The Agah Uğur Collection

One of the Largest Video Art Collections in Istanbul, Turkey

KA Modern and Contemporary Art Space

900 Square Meters Dedicated to Lebanon’s Most Significant Artists – Beirut, Lebanon

Art About Beauty and Infirmity

Collezione De Iorio – Trento, Italy

Living Collection

Gary Yeh and Francesca Gavin meet with architect and collector William Lim in Hong Kong

Early Passions

Z Collection – Hong Kong, China

Infinite Interiors

Philara Collection – Dusseldorf, Germany

Papko Art Collection

Works of Turkish Modernism at the legendary Ralli Apartment in Istanbul

Risky Business

Astrup Fearnley Museet – Oslo, Norway

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

Pari Ehsan and Francesca Gavin meet with collector Patricia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, Italy

Something Special, Something Sacred

The Goss-Michael Foundation – Dallas, United States of America

JAHM – Justin Art House Museum

Digital and Abstract Art — Melbourne, Australia

A More Democratic Art

MACBA – Museum of Contemporary Art of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Embracing the Accidental

Trajković Collection – Belgrade, Serbia

Galila's P.O.C.

A Collection Made up of Thematic Collections – Brussels, Belgium

Establishing Roots and Creating Links

The Ovidiu Șandor Collection – Timișoara, Romania

Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz

Abstract painting and concept art in Brazil’s interior – São Paulo

Conversation Pieces

KUNSTSAELE Berlin – Berlin, Germany

Magazzino Italian Art

Contemporary Italian Art on the Hudson River – New York

Slow Learning

de la Cruz Collection – Miami, United States of America

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

A venue for contemporary African art – Cape Town

The Elliott Eyes Collection

Engaging With the Collectors – Sydney

Foundation Francès

A French roadtrip reaching the radical reflections of artist Kader Attia

The Sublime Hyacinth Collection

Czech Art Meets Czech Design – Prague, Czech Republic

Marciano Art Foundation

Contemporary art at the Masonic temple – Los Angeles

Time Stamps

Julia Stoschek Collection – Berlin, Germany

Generative Grammars

Servais Family Collection – Brussels, Belgium

Chasing the Future

dslcollection – Paris, France

Charged Atmospheres

Transformer Station – Cleveland, United States of America

Places in, and out of, Time

Adrastus Collection – Arévalo, Spain

Eloquent Silences

The Givon Art Forum – Tel Aviv, Israel

Counting to Ten

Ten Cubed – Melbourne, Australia

Dispersing Narratives

The Wedge Collection – Toronto, Canada

Dialogues in Nature

Chatsworth – Bakewell, Great Britain

Present Pasts

The Feuerle Collection – Berlin, Germany

Space for the Future

The Vanhaerents Art Collection – Brussels, Belgium

Colección Contemporánea

A Global Collection from a Seasoned Art Collector In Mexico City

Adrastus Collection

A Collection That Shows the Diversity of Art in the Age of Globalization – Arevalo, Spain

Masters and Romantics

Collection Lambert – Avignon, France

Fondazione Rolla

A Collection of Modern and Contemporary Photography in Ticino

Finnish Rhapsody

Didrichsen Art Museum – Helsinki, Finland

Cranford Collection

One of Europe’s Most Important Collections with Renowned Contemporaries in Regent’s Park – London

Broad Minded

Artist Tomasz Kobialka on The Broad – Los Angeles, USA

Jean-Paul Najar Foundation

European-American Post-Minimalist Art in a Bauhaus-inspired building – Dubai

Treasure Hunt

The Wanås Foundation/Wanås Konst – Knislinge, Sweden

AMC Collezione Coppola

A Curious Collector Acquiring Art to Broaden his Understanding of the World

A Home for Light and Color

MALBA – Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires

Newport Street Gallery

Damien Hirst’s ‘Murderme’ Collection finds a permanent home – London

Franks Suss Collection

A Duo Investing in Artists and Not Cashing In – Hong Kong, London and Sydney

Mallin Collection & Buckhorn Sculpture Park

A Magic Sculpture Garden in Westchester County – Pound Ridge, New York

Shine On

Wurlitzer – Berlin-Pied-à-Terre Collection – Berlin, Germany

Houghton Hall – King's Lynn

Lavish 18th Century interiors juxtaposed with contemporary outdoor sculpture

Venet Foundation

An Artist’s Take on Collecting in the South of France

G2 Kunsthalle

Large-scale paintings of the New Leipzig School in dialogue

The Immaculate Collection

Igal Ahouvi Art Collection – Tel Aviv, Israel

dslcollection

The best of Chinese contemporary art, available 24/7/365

Thoma Foundation

Two intimate art spaces in Chicago and Santa Fe encourage dialogue between work and viewer

Lyon Housemuseum

Located near Melbourne, Australia, collector Corbett Lyon designed the Housemuseum to share it with the public

Follow The Yellow Brick Road

Inhotim – Instituto de Arte Contemporânea e Jardim Botânico

Portraiture Confronting a Land’s Traumatic Past

The Walther Collection – Project Space New York – New York City

Conceptual Authenticity

Sammlung Barbara und Axel Haubrok - haubrok projects - Berlin, Germany

A Self-taught Collector

Vass Collection - Veszprém, Hungary

Roots in Rotterdam

Concordia Collection - Rotterdam, Netherlands

Louvre goes Lens – and Pinault follows

How France’s most established museum and collector are redeveloping forgotten places

History Reinvented

Insights into the influential collection of Martin Parr

A Collection Which Never Sleeps

David Roberts Art Foundation – Great Britain, London

Get Lucky

David Walsh and his MONA

An Eye into a Secret World

SIP Shpilman Institute for Photography – Tel Aviv, Israel

Gifts for Philadelphia

Private collectors with a generous heart

A New Home for Miami’s Art Scene

On the opening of the Jorge M. Pérez Museum

Prima Materia at Punta Della Dogana

François Pinault Foundation - Venice, Italy

Eric and Jean Cass Collection

A private collection goes public

Bernardo Paz’s Transformative Museum

A closer look at Inhotim in Brazil

Collecting with an Impact

Dakis Joannou - Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art

Menil Collection Makeover

Starting with the parking lot

White Rabbit Collection

Chinese Contemporary Art – Australia, Sydney