News - 07 Sep 2018

Conversations on Collecting

Hear what drives the world's leading collectors in a series of morning talks at the fair 

Conversations on Collecting

We began the Conversations on Collecting program seven years ago with great success. Over the years we’ve been lucky to have top collectors, museum directors, and curators from across the globe participate in these conversations, which are designed to provide insight into what drives the world’s most active collectors, as well as provide inspiration to both established and emerging collectors.

The program will take place in the Deutsche Bank Wealth Management Lounge at Frieze London at 9.30am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Before each talk, breakfast will be served from 9.30am and the talk starts at 10am promptly and with Q&A in the end.
After the talk, guests will enjoy direct access into the fair from the Lounge, with quieter viewing during the VIP Hour between 11am-12pm.

This year's programme includes:

Full Schedule

Thursday 4th October, 9.30am-11am
Conversation on Collecting, Gil Bronner, Founder Philara Collection

Gil Bronner, founder of the Philara Collection speaking about his ever-expanding collection of contemporary art which includes works of various genres such as painting, sculpture, installation, photography and works on paper. The Philara Collection has created a special cultural offer for the city and region in the Duesseldorf district of Flingern. A key feature of Philara is the juxtaposition of local talents and established, internationally operating artists. 

Friday 5th October, 9.30am-11am
Collecting as Research and Advocacy, Francesca von Habsburg, TBA 21

Francesca von Habsburg will be in conversation with Aaron Cezar, Director of the Delfina Foundation speaking about how she has built a collection of more than 700 works across media, of which more than 100 are commissions by artists such as Kutlug Ataman, Janet Cardiff, Olafur Eliasson, Carsten Höller, Inhabitants, Amar Kanwar, Ernesto Neto, Jana Winderen, Claudia Comte, Armin Linke, Joan Jonas and John Akomfrah. Reflecting her belief that art has the power to provoke action and catalyze change, works in her collection engage with social justice, immigration, feminist perspectives, the environment and other pressing issues of our times. Francesca has deepened and extended her family’s history of art patronage (her father, Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, founded the Thyssen Museum in Madrid) and has been redefining the role of the collector from that of purchaser into collaborative researcher, producer, and advocate.

Saturday 6th October, 9.30am-11am
Panel on Collecting and Supporting Young and Emerging Art, with advisor Alexys Schwartz, collector Henry Relph, director Martin Clark

Alexys Schwartz, art consultant and collector from Los Angeles, London-based collector Henry Relph, and Martin Clark, Director of the Camden Arts Centre, will discuss the importance of patronage and support for young and emerging artists. Each speaker from their own perspective will share their experiences and share how they each support the emerging market, whether it’s through curating, collecting, advising or fundraising.

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