How Collectors Shape Contemporary Art History How Collectors Shape Contemporary Art History

In this weeks’ article, we are exploring how art collectors are often shaping contemporary art history. This happens mostly because of their ability to make unique decisions and their thoughtful connections with other art enthusiasts and market players.

It’s not hard to consider that many of our museum experiences are led by visionary collectors who have either made significant donations, or opened new museums to exhibit their extensive art collections. These museums, specifically founded to house and exhibit works from private art collections, are forming a trend currently on the rise. 125 private museums have been opened since 2006.

From the talent of the passionate community of artists, comes the work worth preserving and passing on. Artists are the stars who inspire, educate and entertain audiences with their unique abilities and by investing in them and their work, allows them to evolve and create even more value. Much of our understanding of historical artworks in museums come from art historians, who undergo years of university training and research to understand art’s influence on people. They understand techniques, methods and materials to judge the quality of a painting and its historical significance. For collectors, art historians provide evidence and insight into a collection’s significance.


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Curators help us interpret an art collection by organizing a selection of works, its venue and the context in which its grouping illustrates a certain concept. By doing so, they help audiences see artwork from different perspectives, working to spark new discussions about art and its meaning.

With the personnel and expertise needed to accomplish their mission, museums set the standard for art history. Their programs influence ways the public can interact with art, and for collectors, provide opportunities to present their invested efforts to research, acquire and care for artworks.

Corporate Collectors make art accessible to more people and place art in our common, everyday lives, promoting artists and styles through marketing channels and sponsorships. The relationship between museums and businesses is vital on a global scale. Finally, private collectors are the ones who observe trends in art and support an artist’s endeavor trusting that the artist’s talents and intuition will bring something new to light. As past initiatives to fund the arts have proven, communities thrive when the arts are thriving.


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