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The Museum as a Collection of Collections

What happens to artworks that were once in the possession of private collectors after they enter public institutions? While museums that are named after a single benefactor seem to require little explanation—the Frick Collection in New York or the Wallace Collection in London—encyclopedic museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Louvre can be regarded as a “collection of collections,” offering a home to works collected by private individuals in various ways.

Saturday, March 11

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In this talk, Guillaume Kientz, director of The Hispanic Society of America, Katherine C. Luber, director of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Per Hedström, head of exhibitions at the Nationalmuseum Sweden, explore the private collections that are now in their care, the differing ways this came to be, and discuss if it is possible, or even desirable, to convey not only the story of the collected works, but also the personality of their respective collectors.

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 Apollo Magazine and moderated by Fatema Ahmed, deputy editor of Apollo Magazine.


Fatema Ahmed, Deputy Editor, Apollo Magazine (Moderator)

Fatema Ahmed is the deputy editor of Apollo. She writes about the arts and culture for the London Review of Books and Prospect, among other publications

Per Hedström, Director of Exhibitions, Nationalmuseum Sweden

Guillaume Kientz, Director, Hispanic Society Museum & Library

Katherine Crawford Luber, The Nivin & Duncan MacMillan Director & President, Minneapolis Institute of Art

Dr. Katherine Crawford Luber leads the Minneapolis Institute of Art as its Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director and President. From major exhibitions to bold acquisitions, she brings an entrepreneurial spirit to the business of engaging audiences.

Cover photo Main Court, 2010. Courtesy Hispanic Society Museum & Library.