BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors

Claus Busch Risvig

Bech Risvig Collection – Silkeborg, Denmark

Portrait of Claus Busch Risvig, Photo: Mark Trip
Portrait of Claus Busch Risvig, Photo: Mark Trip

Tell us about the history and concept of your collection.

When I met my fiancé Stine I didn't have any interest in Art and had maybe been to an art museum a couple of times in my life. I was 24 at that time, but her family introduced me to the Art World, and we started going to galleries and museum shows, and it really opened my eyes to how great art can be. In 2009, we moved into a new apartment and wanted to hang something nice on our empty white walls. We then went to a local gallery and bought a couple of prints by quite famous Danish artists, and I was simply bitten by the bug from then. When it comes the concept behind our collection there isn't really one, we collect emerging artists from our own generation and younger, but there are no limitations when it comes to medium, figurative/abstract and so on.

Why do you collect?

I think it's in my blood to collect and Stine grew up with art in her home. I've always collected things, stamps, coins, records and so on, but found that art gave me something extra that I didn't find in the other things I've collected. Art has broadened my perspective on life and how it can be lived, and I've met so many interesting people that I never would have met if it wasn't for art. There is also so much still to learn and study and for a “Nerd” like me - that's just amazing.

Installation view of Bech Risvig Collection in Silkeborg, Denmark. Artists: Ib Geertsen & Lasse Thorst © Bech Risvig Collection, Denmark
Installation view of Bech Risvig Collection in Silkeborg, Denmark. Artists: Ib Geertsen & Lasse Thorst © Bech Risvig Collection, Denmark
Installation view of Bech Risvig Collection in Silkeborg, Denmark. Artist: Natalia Gonzalez Martin © Bech Risvig Collection, Denmark
Installation view of Bech Risvig Collection in Silkeborg, Denmark. Artist: Natalia Gonzalez Martin © Bech Risvig Collection, Denmark

Do you have a personal relationship with the artists you collect?

Yes, with many we have a personal bond, and it gives me a lot of joy being around them and getting a deeper understanding of their work. I in general really like meeting the artists we collect or at least corresponding with them through Instagram, mail etc. Often they are also good at hinting me to other artists that they know, and we've often ended up buying because of these recommendations.

Which artists are you currently following?

I think it's hard to mention just a few, because there are so many interesting artists out there. We've recently bought a piece by Danish artist Cecilia Fiona, which we are very excited about. Also Danish artist Kåre Frang has been added to our collection, and we are sure that both of them have great careers ahead of them.

What advice do you have for starting a collection?

I would say that the very best thing you can do – as a newbie or a seasoned collector – is to go out there and see a lot of art. Use your eyes, take it in, feel it, reflect upon it, come back, see it again. In other words, get started by going to a lot of exhibitions, both at galleries and museums. Also, try to read some books about art history. This will give you a good idea of which type of art you like and probably make the buying process easier. When you have fallen in love with a piece of art, remember to do your research. Try to find out everything you can about the artist, which galleries he or she is shown at, is he or she in any known collections etc. This will help you make the right decision.

Collin Sekajugo, Apple Tea, 2021 © The artist and Bech Risvig Collection, Denmark
Collin Sekajugo, Apple Tea, 2021 © The artist and Bech Risvig Collection, Denmark
Pedro Matos, Asger Jorn, 2022 © The artist and Bech Risvig Collection, Denmark
Pedro Matos, Asger Jorn, 2022 © The artist and Bech Risvig Collection, Denmark

What is your biggest hope for the future of art and collecting?

My hope is that more young people will discover art, and find out how great and educational it can be, and how much you can learn about yourself and the world when surrounding yourself with art and artists. I also hope the speculative part of the art market will see a decrease. I really don't like that part of the art market, it can really hurt young artists' careers when “collectors” are hoping to earn a quick buck on them. And for collecting I hope we will see an increase in Con Armor/Connoisseur collectors, people who are not in it for the money but because of true passion for art. You can build a great collection without that much money if you just have the passion and knowledge, I hope more people will realize that, especially the younger generation of collectors.

Which publicly accessible private collection would you recommend visiting?

First I would recommend getting the new edition of the BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors, so many great collectors to be found there. I would also recommend visiting the Boros Collection in Berlin, both because of the great collection, but also the whole experience walking around in this old Nazi bunker turned into an art space. I would also recommend visiting Collezione Taurisano in Naples, sadly I haven't been there myself yet, but they are great young collectors with a very interesting collection.

Installation view of Bech Risvig Collection in Silkeborg, Denmark. Artists: Ismar Cirkinagic, Mikkel Carl and Hiva Alizadeh. © Bech Risvig Collection, Denmark
Installation view of Bech Risvig Collection in Silkeborg, Denmark. Artists: Ismar Cirkinagic, Mikkel Carl and Hiva Alizadeh. © Bech Risvig Collection, Denmark
Installation view of Bech Risvig Collection in Silkeborg, Denmark. Artists: Richie Culver & Maiken Bent. © Bech Risvig Collection, Denmark
Installation view of Bech Risvig Collection in Silkeborg, Denmark. Artists: Richie Culver & Maiken Bent. © Bech Risvig Collection, Denmark
Installation view of Bech risvig Collection in Silkeborg, Denmark. Artists: Søren Sejr & Manuel Fois © Bech Risvig Collection, Denmark
Installation view of Bech risvig Collection in Silkeborg, Denmark. Artists: Søren Sejr & Manuel Fois © Bech Risvig Collection, Denmark

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Michał Borowik

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Bernardo Paz

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Tony Salamé

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Nadia & Rajeeb Samdani

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Lord David Cholmondeley

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Galila Barzilaï-Hollander

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Martin Margulies

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Christine and Andrew Hall

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Qiao Zhibing

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Christen Sveaas

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Noemi Givon

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Michael Buxton

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Seth Stolbun

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Jochen Zeitz

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Dominique & Sylvain Levy

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Andrea von Goetz

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Gordon Elliott

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Anita Zabludowicz

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Anastasios A. Gkekas

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Rik Reinking

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Maria Didrichsen

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João Carlos de Figueiredo Ferraz

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Julia Stoschek

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Maurizio Morra Greco

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Christian & Karen Boros

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Timo Miettinen

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Marli Hoppe-Ritter

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Désiré Feuerle

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Gudrun & Bernd Wurlitzer

Wurlitzer Pied A Terre Collection – Berlin, Germany

Corbett Lyon

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Geert Verbeke-Lens

Verbeke Foundation – Kemzeke, Belgium

László Vass

Vass Collection – Veszprém, Hungary

Daisuke Miyatsu

Dream House – Ichikawa, Japan

Samara Walbohm & Joe Shlesinger

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Charles Riva

Charles Riva Collection – Brussels, Belgium

Venke & Rolf Hoff

KaviarFactory – Lofoten, Norway

Alain Servais

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Ivo Wessel

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Ramin Salsali

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Vittorio Gaddi

Collezione Nunzia e Vittorio Gaddi – Lucca, Italy

Miguel Leal Rios

Fundação Leal Rios – Lisbon, Portugal

Gertraud and Dieter Bogner

Kunstraum Buchberg – Gars am Kamp, Austria

Bob Rennie

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Heiner Wemhöner

Sammlung Wemhöner – Herford, Germany

Lin Han

M WOODS – Beijing, China

Kenny Goss

The Goss-Michael Foundation – Dallas, USA

Karsten Schmitz

Arbeitswohnung Federkiel – Leipzig, Germany

Devon Dikeou

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Thomas Olbricht

ME Collectors Room Berlin/Stiftung Olbricht – Berlin, Germany

Mera & Donald Rubell

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Pétur Arason

Safn – Berlin, Germany / Reykjavík, Iceland

Steffen Hildebrand

G2 Kunsthalle – Leipzig, Germany

Frédéric de Goldschmidt

Frédéric de Goldschmidt – Brussels, Belgium

Daniel Teo

The Private Museum – Singapore, Singapore

Claudio Cosma

Sensus – Luoghi per l’arte Contemporanea – Florence, Italy

Michał Borowik

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Herbert Gerisch

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José Berardo

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Bärbel Grässlin and Karola Kraus

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Joëlle and Eric Romba

Rocca Stiftung – Berlin, Germany

Myriam and Amaury de Solages

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Friedrich Gräfling

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