BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors

Collecting Art with François Pinault

Rudolf Stingel at Palazzo Grassi

View of the entrance of Palazzo Grassi in Venice
View of the entrance of Palazzo Grassi in Venice

We recently found an interesting article about François Pinault in the Wall Street Journal. In the realm of contemporary art, Pinault might be one of the most powerful art collectors. The Wall Street Journal mentioned that Pinault has fully immersed himself in the world of contemporary art and regularly visits artists' studios and surrounds himself with advisors while visiting galleries. In just a few years time he has managed to assemble one of the largest private art collections in Europe. During the short period that he has been collecting Pinault also opened two private museums in Venice, Italy. First came Palazzo Grassi in 2006 and later the 4500-square-meter Punta della Dogana, both of which we have included in the first volume of the BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors. An additional auditorium named Tetrino has also opened in Venice in the beginning of June.

For the first solo-exhibition at Palazzo Grassi, which opened on the 7th of April, New York-based artist Rudolf Stingel was chosen. Pinault has been following the conceptual work by 1956 born Stingel for more than a decade and over time the artist and collector became friends. The exhibition consists of works belonging to Pinault, Stingel and a few other private collectors. For more information on the Rudolf Stingel exhibition currently on view at Palazzo Grassi click the link below.

Images by Dalbera, CC Licence Info, via Flickr

More Information on The Wall Street Journal

Insiders (48)

Alix Dana

Fair Director at Independent

When Collectors are Able to Commission

by Nicole Büsing and Heiko Klaas

Unique Collector’s Item

by Independent Collectors

Juliet Kothe and Julia Rust

Initiators of Collection Night, Berlin

Art and Architecture – Attractive Allies

by Nicole Büsing and Heiko Klaas

Marie-Anne McQuay

Curator of Wales in Venice, 58th Venice Biennale 2019

Every Art Collection Needs Space

by Nicole Büsing and Heiko Klaas

A Common Ground

by Silvia Anna Barrilà

Hidden Collections

by Nicole Büsing and Heiko Klaas

The Role of the Art Fair

by Silvia Anna Barrilà

Daniel Hug

Fair Director at Art Cologne

Nicole Berry

Executive Director of The Armory Show

A Brush Against Nature

by Nicole Büsing and Heiko Klaas

Ilaria Bonacossa

Director of Artissima

Excessiveness, the Latent Danger of Collecting Art

by Independent Collectors

Jo Stella-Sawicka

Artistic Director at Frieze

Florence Bourgeois

Director at Paris Photo

Where Artists Can Work More Playfully

by Christiane Meixner

Heather Hubbs

Director at NADA

Specifically Commissioned

by Silvia Anna Barrilà

Important Museums and Private Collections

by Christiane Meixner

Peter Bläuer

Director at LISTE

Susanna Corchia

Director of the Barcelona Gallery Weekend

Emilia van Lynden

Artistic Director at Unseen, Amsterdam

Carlos Urroz

Director at ARCOmadrid

Shoe Smudges Streaked Across the White Walls

by Christiane Meixner

Douwe Cramer

Director at Singapore Contemporary

Dorothy and Herb Vogel

Two extraordinary art collectors

Manuela Mozo

Executive Director of UNTITLED, ART Miami and San Francisco

Bidders and Buyers

by Christiane Meixner

Amanda Coulson

Director at VOLTA Basel

Jo Baring

Curator of Sculpture Series, Masterpiece London

Anne Vierstraete

Managing Director at Art Brussels

Nanna Hjortenberg

Director at CHART

The Crucial Role of the New

by Independent Collectors

Caroline Vos

Director at Amsterdam Art Weekend

Touria El Glaoui

Founding Director of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Makers and Believers

On Art History’s Most Famous Patrons

The Past is Back

And collectors are buying it up

Are Artists the Better Curators?

On the diminishing boundary between professions in the art world

The Digital Museum

On the importance of the museum’s web presence

The Man in the Middle

On the curator’s private and public engagements

A Private Matter?

On the importance of physical space for the value of art

Off the Wall

How museums contribute to the worth of artworks

Where to Go Next?

The fragmentation of Manhattan’s gallery scene

To Buy or Not to Buy

Collectors on their experiences of letting an artwork slip away

How to Pass On a Passion

On long-term challenges for new private museums