Kenny Schachter makes a trenchant point about art dealers of the old school in his Artnet column today. “Dealers make money selling art but make wealth hanging onto it,” the collector/dealer/observer says as summation to this point about Bruno Bischofberger:
If possible, even more astounding than Bruno’s dealing activities is the legendary breadth and encyclopedic depth of his acquired-by-any-means art and design collections. From Engadine furniture, Swiss folk art, historic glass and ceramic works to modernist chairs and works from the 1980s, Bischofberger has experienced life through his relentless acquisitiveness that has never ceased to stagger and stimulate me (and countless others). Having closed his St. Moritz and Zurich spaces, he’s opening a series of buildings in stages (designed by his daughter Nina Baier-Bischofberger and her husband Florian) to house his vast treasures, a fully fleshed memoir in objects.
Kenny Schachter on St. Moritz and Vito Schnabel (artnet news)