The FT reports on the new association of private museums that will begin to help owners of private museums to coordinate everything but especially to begin to share shows. This is especially important in Asia where governments are addressing the absence of a museum infrastructure, especially for Contemporary art, by harnessing the private sector which heretofore has lacked the institutional sophistication of public museums.
Twenty-three museum owners from the US and Europe, China, Indonesia, Dubai, Turkey and Mexico are aiming to share expertise about acquiring works or curating skills, as well as to boost the prominence of their exhibitions by sharing works and even whole shows.
Public museums and galleries in Europe and the US are accustomed to working together, loaning and borrowing works and sending exhibitions on tour. But the new generation of private museums have much less experience of sharing work or curatorial expertise.
Organised by Philip Dodd, a former director of the ICA gallery in London and an expert in the Chinese contemporary art market, the Global Private Museum Association will formalise links built up between international collectors in recent years at Art15, a contemporary art fair held annually in Kensington.
“Our view is that over a period there will be a pooling strategy among members. A great show in Turin can end up in Miami, or in Beijing,” said Mr Dodd, chairman of creative agency Made in China.