A major collector’s collection celebrates the history of art and marks the passionate traces of the collector’s personal history. Italian collector Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (b. 1959) is a prime example. In 1992, She traveled to London for the first time and met the founder of the Leeson Gallery, who brought her to Anish Kapoor’s studio. She then began her journey of collecting contemporary art and has acquired more than 1,500 works over the past 30 years.
Her collection includes artists of the most widely recognized names in recent history, such as Maurizio Cattelan, Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, Sarah Lucas, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, and Lynette Iadom-Boachie. Now, she is continuing to explore the art of younger generations. What is unique about her collection is its emphasis on large-scale installations and politically sensitive works rather than small decorative paintings, and the fact that more than 50% of the works are by women artists. It is also characteristic of her that she rarely sells her collection, as opposed to collecting for investment purposes.
Currently at the Strozzi Palace in Florence, the exhibition “Reaching for the Stars: From Maurizio Cattelan to Linette Iadom-Boacki” is celebrating the 30th anniversary of her collection.
Since the early days, Rebaudengo has been committed to promoting the art world. She founded her foundation in 1995 and began artist commissions in 2002, and has opened her collection to the public and supported artists in their work. In the coming year, she will sponsor artist-led projects to coincide with the 2024 Venice Biennale.
March 4, 2023 – June 18, 2023
Ian Cheng (b. 1984) has been recognized as a leading artist of the younger generation for creating simulations based on video game engines that explore the ability of agents to cope with constantly evolving environments. The fictional characters he develops evolve as they travel through the exhibition and interact with the audience. Recently, he has been working on a large-scale project called ‘Worldling,’ in which he imagines and realizes fictional worlds based on virtual reality technology. ‘Worldling’ was also the title of his solo exhibition at the Leeum Art Museum in Seoul in 2022. The expression indicates his ambitious interests.
Currently, Ian Cheng is showing his solo exhibition “Thousand Lives” at Pilar Corrias Gallery in London. He presents ‘Life After BOB: The Chalice Study (2021),’ an animation created by the video game engine Unity and delivered in real-time. In that animation, he imagines a future world where the internet has expanded into the human nervous system, psychoactive foods integrate physical and mental reality, AI entities inhabit the human mind, and anomie rules. Another work in the show is the new work ‘Thousand Lives (2023), which tells a story that expands on the metaverse world of ‘Life After Bob.’
From March 11 to March 19, the historic art fair TEFAF Maastricht takes place in Maastricht, the Netherlands. The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) is Europe’s leading non-profit art fair platform that started in the Netherlands in 1988. In 2016, TEFAF launched its program in New York, and have welcomed dealers and audiences in both Maastricht and New York every year ever since.
TEFAF presents a wide range of works, including antiques and designer crafts, classic paintings, and contemporary art, and claims itself to be a museum-quality art fair with a high proportion of classic masterpieces and antiques.
The highlights of this 36th fair are equally wide-ranging. They range from a fine 14th-century Buddha statue once owned by a Nepalese nobleman, a 17th-century navigational map drawn on goatskin, and an engagement ring designed by jewelry designer Bulgari, to paintings by 17th-century classical masters, 20th-century avant-garde paintings, sculptures by contemporaries Ai Weiwei and Anish Kapoor, and works by Nihonga, a unique painting style of modern Japan that used natural pigments.
March 11, 2023 – March 19, 2023