Private Museum Owners Gather In London For First Summit

More than 30 private museum owners are gathering in London this week for the inaugural  Private Museum Summit. This is the first conference of it’s kind and launched to bring together representation from East,  West, North and South. The gallery/museum owners are set to take part in a series of public panel discussions including ‘THE CHINA MOMENT’ and ‘THE GLOBAL RISE OF THE PRIVATE MUSEUM’

The Private Museum Summit, an exclusive, invitation-only event which will bring together a group of powerful tastemakers from the East and the West for the very first time. The city’s new global art fair (1-3 March, VIP Preview 28 February), the largest to launch in London in a decade, is a fitting milieu for this pioneering initiative. The closed–door seminar will be complemented by a series of public panel discussions, which will bring the importance of the private museum to a wider audience.

On the occasion of Art13 London, a number of influential Asian, North and South American, and European Private Museum owners will fly into London and assemble for the inaugural Private Museum Summit, a unique forum in which to discuss shared goals and concerns. The summit’s focus will be to firstly introduce museum owners to each other and to enable participants to find possible partners with whom they might wish to collaborate. The ambition of the summit is to develop a network among private museums as strong as the network among public museums, and to underline their increasingly important role. The opportunity for museums to share knowledge and learn from one another is significant and the exchange of ideas that the ground-breaking initiative will stimulate has the potential to shape the way that private museums across the world collaborate and operate.

The Private Museum Summit is Chaired by Philip Dodd, Chair of Made in China, Director of the China Art Foundation and Chair of the Art13 London International Advisory Board On the occasion of Art13 London. Collectors in attendance include: Li Bing (China), Frank Cohen (UK), Dakis Joannou (Greece), Simon Franks (Australia), Beniamino and Roberta Levi (France), Sylvain and Dominique Levy (France), Dirk Krämer and Klaus Maas (Germany), Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Italy), Don and Mera Rubell (USA), Ramin Salsali (Dubai), Daniel Teo (Singapore), Wang Wei (China) and Dai Zhikang (China).

Public collector talks include:Two high-profile public panel discussions will also consider the role of collecting, the rise of private museums, and emerging centres of art production.‘The China Moment’, Friday 1 March, 3pm at the Fair, chaired by Philip Dodd At the first opportunity for a London audience to meet major Chinese museums owners, the  panel will examine the emergence of Chinese collectors and private museums on the art world stage. Whilst this is a noted phenomenon, there has been little analysis of the challenges of being a collector in China and the role that their collections play in the museum era in which China is living. This ground-breaking panel discussion features three of China’s most prominent museum owners and collectors. Dai Zhikang, collector and founder of the Himalayas Art Museum, Shanghai, Li Bing, collector and founder of the Beijing He Jing Yuan Art Museum, Wang Wei, collector and founder of the Long Museum, Shanghai
‘The Global Rise of the Private Museum’, Saturday 2 March, 2pm at the Fair, chaired by Georgina Adam, Editor at large, The Art Newspaper and columnist, The Financial Times As state support for modern and contemporary art is cut back across the world, private museums will play an increasing role in the display of art. This panel discussion asks four prominent international collectors to talk about the evolution of their private museums and the role that each has to play in the local art ecology

Speakers include: Don and Mera Rubell, collectors and founders of the Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, founder of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
Ramin Salsali, collector and founder of the Salsali Private Museum, Dubai

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Photo: Don and Mera Rubell Collection Miami (USA) © ArtLyst 2012

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