PRIVATE ACCESS: DISCOVERING EUROPE’S EXCLUSIVE ART COLLECTIONS

PRIVATE ACCESS: DISCOVERING EUROPE’S EXCLUSIVE ART COLLECTIONS

Ever wondered about the countless privately-owned art collections that exist all over Europe? All is revealed in Skadi Heckmüller’s book Private Access, which presents 90 places housing private art across Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Short, informative texts give an introduction to well-known exhibition venues such as the Museum Barberini in Potsdam or the Fondation Beyeler near Basel. But there are also insider tips well off the beaten track: for photography lovers the village of Kummerow in Mecklenburg is well worth a stop, with works by Ute and Werner Mahler, Thomas Demand and Wolfgang Tillmans displayed on the walls of a baroque castle. Meanwhile in the extensive grounds of the former studio of Georg Baselitz at Schloss Derneburg near Hildesheim, an American collector couple present top-class contemporary art. Down by Chiemsee lake is the village of Traunreut, where art dealer Heiner Friedrich – who co-initiated the renowned Dia Art Foundation in New York – runs an exhibition of light art by Dan Flavin. The guide provides useful navigation advice as well as local restaurant recommendations. Time to get planning your next art adventure! (Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen, Sophie Döring & Mark Niedermann für Fondation Beyeler)

Private Access – Private Art Collections in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Distanz, 2019, 336 pages)

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