The collection became a social fact from 1850-60 in Europe with exploding auctions. Money changes hands and mores – the bourgeoisie with progressively scientific and pedagogical values is opposed to the discreet aristocratic houses whose values are more artistic and strictly private –
From 1840, the inventory of private collections followed the news of the days that gave descriptions of the museums. Like today ^^
Under the Second Empire, the collection became a fashion and social proof as we still know it today. I buy because I love – they are passionate and believers – and I buy because I can resell and I also buy because I am or would like to be (recognized, admitted, solicited, etc…) and I could, one day, leave my treasures to a museum whose cartels will bear my name.
In 2019, the scale – between all the actors in the art world, institutional and private – is global. The playing field (or hunting ground…) is disproportionate.
Collectors open foundations and private museums and even if we defiscate – often ^^ – and build a reputation, it also fills gaps:
Sometimes free access. If there is one thing in art today that I would like to fight for, it is gratuity.
(I am even very surprised by the false debate, in my opinion, on the fact of making access to the biggest art fairs pay less. There are, however, other ways than a model from the 1990s).
When I see an entry at 14 euros, I think to myself: “How can I go there regularly?” However, there are solutions such as catering, privatisations, event partnerships (with Brexit, there will have to be many opportunities), etc…
Themes that have been forgotten or, in my opinion, not sufficiently highlighted, such as marine objects, ecology, collections of rare peoples, modern archaeology, art centres as a place to live, schools and incubator residences…
And a lot of other ideas I have in mind.
Another fundamental phenomenon is that collectors collect works of art and museums by opening a place or taking an important seat on their board of directors.
This contemporary phenomenon reminds me of the 19th century in Europe when society replaced the spiritual with science and private interests. In the Internet era, if this is a reality, is it really a lucrative and safe long-term strategy? I don’t think so.
The artwork in this pic is from #hansschabus I will come back to this artist soon on Instagram.