Emmanuel Di Donna has an interesting glimpse into the collection of a Mexican telecom operator Juan Antonio Pérez Simón who, like his partner Carlos Slim Helú, owns a great deal of art. Slim built a museum in Mexico City, designed by his son-in-law, to show his works. Pérez Simón has instead chosen to pack up 18 works vouchsafed to Di Donna Galleries. When art dealers exhibit collectors works there’s always a guessing game about the motivations of each party. Is the gallerist supporting an important client by giving him the focus, visibility and talking points his collection might not receive simply making loans and impressing guests? Or are these works being given an airing to see who might be inspired to make a (healthy) offer?
Whatever the motivation, Di Donna has combed through the 10,000 objections Pérez Simón owns to select these 18 paintings by Rothko, Dalí and Cézanne. Here’s how Di Donna describes the show:Continue Reading