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Collecting with Intent: The Purpose and Impact of Building a Collection

Two collectors reflect on the journey of building a collection and the legacy it can leave

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Many motivations can lie behind the practice of collecting art, from personal passions or aesthetic interests to supporting contemporary artists or continuing a family legacy. Furthermore, collecting can be driven by a desire to affect change, both within and outside of the world of art.

Discover the purposeful approaches behind the collections of Katrin Bellinger and Tunji Akintokun, who have established their collections of works on paper and African contemporary art, respectively, with impact that reaches beyond the walls of their homes.

TEFAF Talks are interactive panel discussions exploring today’s most fascinating topics in the worlds of art, antiques, and design. Paired with leading content partners, these talks showcase the knowledge of leading experts in the broader TEFAF community. This talk is presented in partnership with AXA XL and moderated by Farah Nayeri, journalist and author of the book Takedown: Art and Power in the Digital Age (2022).

This TEFAF Talk took place at TEFAF Maastricht on Friday, March 8, 2024.


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Farah Nayeri Author and journalist
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Katrin Bellinger Collector
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Tunji Akintokun, MBE Collector

Photo: In collector Katrin Bellinger’s home, Miss Helena Beatson (1767) by Katherine Read and A Young Woman Sketching by a Window by Frederic Millet are on display above the living room mantle, and a detail of a Zappler clock inherited from Bellinger’s grandmother. Photo: Alixe Lay.