October 2009, spring & fall 2010
A series of three exhibitions with works from the collections of four young collectors from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, including lectures, symposium, discussions and meet & greet, about the function and meaning of young collectors and their approach towards collecting and the art-world. Young Collectors is curated by Lennard Dost, Mare van Koningsveld in coorporation with Sign.
With Young Collectors the collector himself (under 40) will be in the limelight. The project pays attention to his collection, his point of view and the context in which he operates. The selection of collectors gives an interesting idea of diversity with an international dimension.
Who are these young collectors? What do their collections look like, what motivates their choices. What is their influence, what is the dynamic and communication? How do they relate to a museum, a gallery or the idealistic art-initiative? “Young Collectors” lets the collector speak for himself and gives an insight in his world.
Young Collectors #1: Christian Schwarm (D) October/November 2009
YOUNG COLLECTORS #1: CHRISTIAN SCHWARM
17th October through 14th November 2009
Opening: 17 October, 17.00 hrs, Sign (Winschoterkade 10, Groningen, Netherlands)
In the first exhibition the focus will be on the collection of Christian Schwarm (Stuttgart, 1972)
In daily life Schwarm manages a marketing-business with offices in Stuttgart and Berlin. Last year he was the initiator of Independentcollectors.com, a big international on-line community for collectors of modern and contemporary art which was released on June 4 2008 at Art Basel. It is a platform where collectors can get to know each other, share their opinions on galleries and exchange information.. That appeared to be bang on the target. Meanwhile around 2200 collectors from 75 countries have subscribed themselves from all over the world.
Schwarm has an outspoken view and an interesting international collection of contemporary art. In SIGN he will show works of Fiona Banner, Haegue Yang, Peter Piller, Hubert Dobler, David Horvitz.
Interview by Tsjalling Venema with Christian Schwarm and Tommi Brem:
Saturday 17th October, 15.00 hrs., Singelzaal in the Frank Mohr Instituut (Radesingel 6, Groningen).
Christian Schwarm and colleague Tommi Brem will tell extensively and critically talk about the how and why of their collections and functioning of the active community Independent Collectors in an interview with art collector Tsjalling Venema (Amsterdam, 1976). Also they will talk about the climate for collectors in Germany, Collectors' Duel (mutual exchange of art-pieces) and the relation in that with artists and galleries.