BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors
A collection displayed through different temporary exhibitions
Spanish entrepreneurs Ana Gervás and David Cantolla started their journey with Colección SOLO as something personal and small-scale. They followed artistic expression that was part of their day-to-day life, such as manga, experimental electronic music and animation.
At first their focus idea was to get to know different artists, find ways to support them, and search for inspiration together. With a background in technology, creative industries and fine arts collaborations, Ana and David decided to launch their art patronage project, which has gradually turned into a much broader endeavour.
Colección SOLO has since grown to explore the diverse connections that exist between different creative, cultural and aesthetic trends around the world. Colección SOLO is now a wide-ranging project that looks to support, drive and accompany contemporary artistic creation. It holds over 900 works, focused on international contemporary art, including painting, sculpture, new media, sound art and even AI art. Established names provide the backbone of the collection, such as Neo Rauch, Keiichi Tanaami or Peter Saul, however in terms of patronage, the collection is centred on supporting emerging artists such Mario Klinegamann, SMACK, filip custic or Chino Moya. The collectors pursue to highlight those parts of the “art conversation” that are not so visible, as well as those artists that could contribute to the “bigger artistic picture”, however are yet to be included.
Colección SOLO is an international project that seeks to support and accompany contemporary creative work. It promotes creativity in several ways, and is based at the Espacio SOLO, a museum located in the Puerta de Alcalá in Madrid. The space combines permanent content together with temporary long- term exhibitions and a programme of activities. In 2023 they will open a 4.000 m2 new museum in Madrid designed by architect Juan Herreros.