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Going Public, International Collectors in Sheffield. Opening – 15 September 2015

Montabonel & Partners presents

Going Public, International Collectors in Sheffield
September 15 – December 12, 2015

Going Public Philanthropy Summit
Monday October 12, 2015

in collaboration with Sheffield Museums and the city council

Going Public, International Collectors in Sheffield will stimulate a highly relevant debate about the future relationship between private philanthropy and the public art sector. Four major European art collectors and philanthropists will lend internationally significant works from their private collections and commission new art for exhibitions in five cultural organisations across Sheffield, UK. The project will include a comprehensive events programme that will engage a wide range of audiences.

With the current uncertain economic climate, and against a backdrop of continuing cuts to public funding for the arts, cultural organisations are increasingly being encouraged to look beyond the state for their income and support and thus the need for private philanthropy has never been more important. But who are the philanthropists of the 21st century? What motivates them? Do they share the same social conscience of their historical predecessors? In what ways can they help? What is the role of the private collection in the public collection? How can museums and galleries unlock the potential of philanthropy in these tough economic times? And, can we build 21st century collections together?
Ultimately, the aim of this project is to address these questions by directly engaging four major art collectors in this debate.

Artists exhibited:

Sandretto Re Rebaudengo collection
Maurizio Cattelan, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Douglas Gordon, Sarah Lucas, Micol Assaël, Goshka Macuga, Susan Philipsz, Fiona Tan, Cerith Wyn Evans, Pae White, Berlinde de Bruyckere.

Egidio Marzona collection
Marcel Duchamp, André Breton, Marcel Jean, Hans Arp, Hugo Ball, Max Ernst, Georg Grosz, Raoul Hausmann, Francis Picabia, Richard Huelsenbeck, Tristan Tzara, Man Ray, Louis Marcoussis, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Jacques Villon, Jean Metzinger, Le Corbusier, Richard Oelze, Hans Richter, Erwin Blumenfeld, Jean Crotti, Albert Gleizes, Hans Bolliger, Katherine Dreier, Nicolas H Ekstrom, Jürgen Müller-Schneck, Kurt Schwitters, Claire & Yvan Goll.

Cattelain Collection
Sol LeWitt, Anthony McCall, Fred Sandback, Do Ho Suh, Lewis Baltz, Stefan Brüggemann, Francois Morellet, Dan Flavin, Martin Creed

DSL collection
Chen Shaoxiong, Chen Tong, Jiang Zhi, Liang Juhui, Lin Yilin, Sha Yeya, Xu Tan, Yang Jiechang, Zheng Guogu, Zhou Tao, Cao Fei, Duan Jianyu, Yang Yong, Hu Xiangqian


Going Public Summit: How Can Art Organisations Unlock the Potential of Philanthropy? 

Monday 12th October 2015, Sheffield Hallam University, S1 1WB

Leading thinkers, practitioners and collectors will participate in an exclusive summit examining emerging global trends in philanthropic funding. The debate will seek to inform the development of a new framework for building greater support for the visual arts beyond the major cultural capitals.

Discussion areas include:

  • The role of private collectors in the visual arts
  • How public organisations can work successfully work with arts philanthropists
  • The future role of state support for the arts
  • Growing greater public engagement through philanthropy

Download the invitation to the launch of Going Public here.
Download the save the date for the summit here.

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