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Montabonel & Partners presents « Going Public, International Collectors in Sheffield », and « Media In The Expanded Field »

Montabonel & Partners is an independent art consultancy firm providing bespoke strategies and advice to governments, foundations, private collectors, museums, and international companies in the field of Post War and Contemporary Art.

In a globalized art world, the growing number of high-profile private collections increasingly requires a new defining platform to engage with a worldwide audience. The boundaries between museums, international art galleries and important private collections are becoming blurred. To this end, Sébastien Montabonel has founded Montabonel & Partners which works closely with key institutional actors and influential collectors to formulate and implement targeted cultural branding strategies with the aim to legitimize the significant role exerted by these collections and make them readily accessible to a local and international audience.

Montabonel & Partners presents two upcoming projects:


Exhibition and event programme
September 16 –  December 12, 2015

Originating from conversations between Sebastien Montabonel and Mark Doyle (previously Head of Collector Development, North – Contemporary Art Society) about the future of public collections and philanthropy, Going Public is an international art exhibition, symposium and event programme that will take place in Sheffield, UK in September-December 2015. Montabonel & Partners selected four major European art collectors and philanthropists, Dominique and Sylvain Levy, Nicolas Cattelain, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and Egidio Marzona who will lend internationally significant works from their private collections and commission new work that will be premiered in a series of exhibitions across five venues in Sheffield: Graves Gallery, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield Cathedral, Site Gallery and Sheffield Institute of Arts at Sheffield Hallam University.

‘We will stay true to what we believe really matters and the exhibition will stimulate an international debate about philanthropy and the public art sector and will be complemented by a symposium and a comprehensive events and education programme that will engage a wider audience’. Sebastien Montabonel

Led by Museums Sheffield, Going Public has been developed and delivered in partnership with Sheffield Cathedral, Site Gallery and Sheffield Hallam University. The project has been supported by Arts Council England, Henry Moore Foundation, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield City Council and Montabonel & Partners, with Sebastien Montabonel acting as Curator at large.
Exhibition details:

Going Public: International Art Collectors in Sheffield
16 September – 12 December 2015

Going Public: The Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection
Significant installations by Sarah Lucas, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Maurizio Cattelan, and other leading contemporary artists
Sheffield Cathedral

Going Public: The Cattelain Collection
Highlights of the collection including works by Do Ho Suh, Anthony McCall, François Morellet, Sol LeWitt, Dan Flavin, and an installation by Lewis Baltz
Millennium Gallery

Going Public: The Marzona Collection
Rarely-seen Marcel Duchamp works and archives
Graves Gallery

Going Public: The DSL Collection
A survey of leading contemporary Chinese artists, including Cao Fei, Yang Jiechang and Lin Yilin and a new commission
Site Gallery & Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery

Summit on the role of private philanthropy for the arts in the twenty first century
12 October 2015
Sheffield Hallam University


Curators and museum professionals residencies on Art and Technology
February 2016

Artists today are critically engaging with the way that technology has become inherent to their environment and to their work. Not only practices associated with new media, but also traditional modes of practices, are currently informed by technological advances: technology has become embedded within art practices to the extent that it is an integral part of the significance of the work.

This excerpt from « Media in the Expanded Field« , a research project publication lead by Montabonel & Partners and published by Alaska Editions, is the progression from a conversation that was held between artists and curators about the uses of technology in contemporary art practices and the issues that surround it.
Having identified and reflected on the different approaches to the discussion, Montabonel & Partners has reached out to a selection of 150 top curators, art historians and museum professionals to make the debate available to a wider audience, inviting them to foster the discussion during a series of residencies organized in partnership with the Fundacion Casa Wabi in Mexico that will take place in February 2016 and will be live-streamed and recorded for future research projects on the subject.

Montabonel & Partners is based in London, UK.
For more information please visit www.montabonel.com.
For any request or to be put in touch with Sebastien Montabonel, please contact Myrtille Beauvert –myrtille.beauvert@gmail.com – New York tel +1 347 295 7694

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