Private museums that put the public first

THE ART NEWSPAPER | Melanie Gerlis:

One of the ways for philanthropists to pull rank in the art world is not just to build an art collection, but to show it in a dedicated, possibly starchitect-designed private museum. Basel is home to two shining examples: the Renzo Piano-designed Fondation Beyeler and the Schaulager, a super (art) store designed by Herzog & de Meuron for the Laurenz Foundation. Such privately-owned, publicly accessible spaces are increasing worldwide—three-quarters of the 236 institutions listed in the BMW Art Guide opened since 2000. At the end of May, the Düsseldorf-based collector Julia Stoschek opened her satellite in Berlin… Read more

Image: Ernst Beyeler, the late co-founder of the Fondation Beyeler near Basel. Photo: Jürg Ramseier