BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors

Geert Verbeke-Lens

Verbeke Foundation – Kemzeke, Belgium

Marinus Boezem, ’1584 La Cistercienne ’Baudelo Ghent’, 2016. Photo: picarus-eu
Marinus Boezem, ’1584 La Cistercienne ’Baudelo Ghent’, 2016. Photo: picarus-eu

How important is having the title of being a “collector” to you?

It’s not important for me to have any title at all when it comes to collecting.

Does your collection follow a specific theme or particular artists?

Collages and assemblages are interesting for me, because I like the re-use of materials, something seemingly worthless being transformed into something completely new in form and content. Furthermore I have a passion for nature, bio-art and land art.

Marius Ritiu, ’Science for the Masses’, 2017. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
Marius Ritiu, ’Science for the Masses’, 2017. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
Herman de Vries, ’in memoriam de koeien’, 2015-2017. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
Herman de Vries, ’in memoriam de koeien’, 2015-2017. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans

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

Of course I know a lot of the artists whose work I collected, but the work itself is what counts to me.

Is there an artwork that you love but can’t live with due to size, medium, or value?

I would really like to have a land art artwork of Richard Serra for instance.

In your opinion, what mistakes do young collectors make? And what mistakes did you make when first starting on your collecting journey?

When you want to be a collector you must dare to make mistakes and take some risks.

What has the reaction been like from visitors of your collection since making it publicly accessible? Does this reaction impact you and what you collect?

The reactions of the public most of the time are very positive and they are surprised in a good way. It’s a very personal collection I have and my own feeling is leading for the choices I make. My respond to work is always very direct. I know immediately what I think about a work. I like it when people see the same, but if not that’s not a problem for me.

Paul Joostens, ’Hommage to Rose Marie Malet*
Paul Joostens, ’Hommage to Rose Marie Malet*
Geert Verbeke-Lens
Geert Verbeke-Lens

How has the attitude to collecting changed since you began?

When I started collecting I liked small works, small collages and assemblages, but now I like to see big works like the land art artwork of Marinus Boezem on view since 2017.

Which publicly accessible private collection would you recommend visiting?

A place you really must see is the Museo Vostell in Malpartida de Cáceres.

All images courtesy Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, Belgium

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Collectors (55)

Qiao Zhibing

TANK Shanghai and Qiao Space - Shanghai, China

Jochen Zeitz

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) - Cape Town, Africa

Dominique & Sylvain Levy

DSLCollection – Paris, France

Andrea von Goetz

Sammlung Blankenburg – Hamburg, Germany

Michael Buxton

Buxton Contemporary - Melbourne, Australia

Anastasios A. Gkekas

The Office Collection - Nicosia, Cyprus

Christine and Andrew Hall

Hall Art Foundation - Reading, USA & Derneburg, Germany

João Carlos de Figueiredo Ferraz

Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz (IFF) - São Paulo, Brazil

Anita Zabludowicz

Zabludowicz Collection – London, United Kingdom

Gordon Elliott

The Elliott Eyes Collection - Sydney, Australia

Seth Stolbun

The Stolbun Collection – Houston, USA

Christian & Karen Boros

Sammlung Boros – Berlin, Germany

Maria Didrichsen

Didrichsen Art Museum – Helsinki, Finland

Timo Miettinen

Salon Dahlmann – Berlin, Germany

Marli Hoppe-Ritter

Sammlung Marli Hoppe-Ritter – Waldenbuch, Germany

Désiré Feuerle

The Feuerle Collection – Berlin, Germany

Noemi Givon

Givon Art Forum – Tel Aviv, Israel

The Vague Space

Christian Kaspar Schwarm on the first solo presentation of his collection at the Weserburg Bremen

Gudrun & Bernd Wurlitzer

Wurlitzer Pied A Terre Collection – Berlin, Germany

Corbett Lyon

Lyon Housemuseum – Melbourne, Australia

László Vass

Vass Collection – Veszprém, Hungary

Daisuke Miyatsu

Dream House – Ichikawa, Japan

Samara Walbohm & Joe Shlesinger

Scrap Metal Gallery – Toronto, Canada

Charles Riva

Charles Riva Collection – Brussels, Belgium

Venke & Rolf Hoff

KaviarFactory – Lofoten, Norway

Alain Servais

Servais Family Collection – Brussels, Belgium

Ivo Wessel

Sammlung Ivo Wessel - Berlin, Germany

Ramin Salsali

Salsali Private Museum – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Vittorio Gaddi

Collezione Nunzia e Vittorio Gaddi – Lucca, Italy

Miguel Leal Rios

Fundação Leal Rios – Lisbon, Portugal

Julia Stoschek

Julia Stoschek Collection – Dusseldorf, Germany

Gertraud and Dieter Bogner

Kunstraum Buchberg – Gars am Kamp, Austria

Bob Rennie

Rennie Collection at Wing Sang – Vancouver, Canada

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

The Dikeou Collection - Denver, USA

Thomas Olbricht

ME Collectors Room Berlin/Stiftung Olbricht – Berlin, Germany

Mera & Donald Rubell

Rubell Family Collection – Miami, USA

Pétur Arason

Safn – Berlin, Germany / Reykjavík, Iceland

Steffen Hildebrand

G2 Kunsthalle – Leipzig, Germany

Rafaela Seppälä

RKF Collection – Helsinki, Finland

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

Michał Borowik Collection – Warsaw, Poland

Herbert Gerisch

Herbert-Gerisch-Stiftung - Neumünster, Germany

José Berardo

Museu Coleção Berardo – Lisbon, Portugal

Bärbel Grässlin and Karola Kraus

Sammlung Grässlin - St. Georgen, Germany

Joëlle and Eric Romba

Rocca Stiftung – Berlin, Germany

Myriam and Amaury de Solages

Maison Particulière – Brussels, Belgium

Friedrich Gräfling

Sammlung Fiede - Aschaffenburg, Germany

Benjamin Genocchio

Fair Director at The Armory Show