BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors

The Sotiris Felios Collection

A unique collection of contemporary art focused on the human figure.

Affinities, a group exhibition with works from The Sotiris Felios Collection at the art space “16 Fokionos Negri”, Athens, Greece, 2019 Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Affinities, a group exhibition with works from The Sotiris Felios Collection at the art space “16 Fokionos Negri”, Athens, Greece, 2019 Photo: Vaharidis Studio

Founded in the 1980s, The Sotiris Felios Collection, based in Athens, is a unique collection of contemporary art focused on the human figure. The Collection belongs to “The other Arcadia” Foundation and offers a rich overview of the most important contemporary artists living and working in Greece, as well as leading artists whose creations forge a link between the past century and the present day.

The Sotiris Felios Collection has so far brought together over 1,400 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, reliefs, constructions and drawings by 140 artists, such as the painters Yannis Moralis, Chronis Botsoglou, Christos Bokoros, Giorgos Rorris, Stefanos Daskalakis, Tassos Mantzavinos, Alecos Levidis, Kalliopi Asargiotaki, Michalis Manoussakis, Kostas Papanikolaou, Maria Filopoulou, Edouard Sacaillan, Anna-Maria Tsakali, Dimitris Hantzopoulos, Tassos Missouras, Alexis Kyritsopoulos and Emmanouil Bitsakis, and the sculptors Takis, George Lappas, Pantelis Chandris, Vally Nomidou and Kostas Lales – to name but a few. In addition, its Library and Archives include over 3,000 artist monographs, exhibition catalogues, rare publications and periodicals, and extensive individual files.

With a collection as extensive and as eclectic as this one, it is almost impossible to pick out any of the artists and their works that comprise it over the others, let alone present any kind of indicative selection that does justice to the artists, individually and collectively.

In the interest of making the Collection accessible to the wider public, “The other Arcadia” Foundation has established a rich exhibition programme with the Collection’s works, both within and outside of Greece, producing the respective catalogues and liaising with other institutions to lend out works for various exhibitions. The Collection maintains an online digital archive of all the artworks belonging to the Collection, as well as the exhibitions and publications produced by “The other Arcadia” Foundation (felioscollection.gr).

In March 2021 “The other Arcadia” Foundation partnered with Google Arts & Culture to further its digital presence and scope, by bringing three hundred sixteen artworks and five online exhibits from The Sotiris Felios Collection to the worldwide audience of the digital platform.

In addition to “The other Arcadia” Foundation, the collector has created the art space ’16 Fokionos Negri’, Designed by acclaimed architects Maria Kokkinou and Andreas Kourkoulas, as a venue to host art exhibitions, organise cultural events and develop collaboration networks, partnerships and exchanges with other cultural organisations.

Furthermore, the Collection is committed to supporting the next generation of creatives. Its newly established “Residency Programme for Academic and Curatorial Research of Contemporary Greek Art” in collaboration with the British institution The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, for emerging curators and art historians, aims to create support channels for researchers who want to expand academic research around contemporary figurative art and its position within the international art scene. While its 5-year partnership with the Athens School of Fine Art offers once a year an opportunity for the School’s graduates to present their works in a group exhibition at the art space “16 Fokionos Negri”.

Maria Filopoulou Swimmers under water 2004 oil on canvas 80 x 195 cm Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Maria Filopoulou Swimmers under water 2004 oil on canvas 80 x 195 cm Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Chronis Botsoglou Personal Nekyia (group of 26 paintings) 1993-2000 oil pastel, dry pastel, icon pigment on paper mounted on canvas 152,5 x 105 cm Photo: Natalia Tsoukala
Chronis Botsoglou Personal Nekyia (group of 26 paintings) 1993-2000 oil pastel, dry pastel, icon pigment on paper mounted on canvas 152,5 x 105 cm Photo: Natalia Tsoukala
Christos Bokoros Offering 1998 oil on wood 70 x 61,3 cm Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Christos Bokoros Offering 1998 oil on wood 70 x 61,3 cm Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Pantelis Chandris Untitled (from the “Substance” series) 2003 polyester and polyester paint 180 x 80 x 75 cm Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Pantelis Chandris Untitled (from the “Substance” series) 2003 polyester and polyester paint 180 x 80 x 75 cm Photo: Vaharidis Studio
The Sotiris Felios Collection Stefanos Daskalakis: Painting 2013-2021, at the art space “16 Fokionos Negri”, Athens, Greece, 2022 Photo: Argyris Bouzoukis
The Sotiris Felios Collection Stefanos Daskalakis: Painting 2013-2021, at the art space “16 Fokionos Negri”, Athens, Greece, 2022 Photo: Argyris Bouzoukis
Marilitsa Vlachaki Untitled 2010 mixed media 79 x 79 cm Photo: Natalia Tsoukala
Marilitsa Vlachaki Untitled 2010 mixed media 79 x 79 cm Photo: Natalia Tsoukala
Alecos Levidis Pandemic 2020 mixed media 1.65 x 1.15 cm Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Alecos Levidis Pandemic 2020 mixed media 1.65 x 1.15 cm Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Emmanouil Bitsakis Santa Teresa d’Ávila 2012 oil on canvas 20 x 20 cm
Emmanouil Bitsakis Santa Teresa d’Ávila 2012 oil on canvas 20 x 20 cm

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A PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Schlosspark Eybesfeld

Carefully executed art projects in a palace-garden setting

The Fernanda Feitosa & Heitor Martins Collection

A journey into the postwar Brazilian art scene

Takahashi Ryutaro Collection

One of the most important collections of contemporary Japanese art

Barjeel Art Foundation

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West Collection

Key names in international art meet new voices

Rubell Museum

Curator Joey Lico teams up with artist Alexis Diaz to visit the mighty Rubell Museum in Miami

Vorres Museum

3 000 years of Greek history and postwar Greek art

Alexander Ramselaar Collection

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Quetzal Art Centre

Contemporary art on a winery in the picturesque Alentejo region

Sammlung Wemhöner

A spontaneous exhibition set up in the now empty ballroom, before opening in 2023 as the collection's new home

Museum Liaunig

Nuriel Molcho and Francesca Gavin travel out of Vienna to hillside Carinthia, to meet with Peter Liaunig

Frissiras Museum

3 500 contemporary figurative paintings

Arario Museum in Space

Wide-ranging collection of Korean and Western art by the country’s leading collector and gallerist

Fondazione Brodbeck

Contemporary art in a post-industrial complex—in the shadow of a volcano

Peyrassol—Parc de Sculptures

A sculpture park on a centuries-old vineyard in Provence

Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung

A location for contemporary glass and photography

Colección de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat

Argentina's wealthiest woman presents six centuries of art-treasure collecting

Museum Brandhorst

Francesca Gavin and Benjamin Jaworskyj explore a dazzling new space in Munich

Rossini Art Site (RAS)

Large-scale sculpture in a landscape park

Castello di Ama per l’Arte Contemporanea

Site-specific installations for a dual passion: art and wine

Kasteel Wijlre Estate

Art from the 1960s to the present in a modern pavilion

Fundació Vila Casas

Three buildings, three points of focus: painting, sculpture and photography

Gibbs Farm

A sculpture park in XXL format with monumental art in the grandness of nature

Kloster Schoenthal

Nature-inspired sculptures in a pristine landscape

Pinchuk Art Centre

Blue-chip contemporary in the first private museum in the former USSR

Museo James Turrell — The Hess Art Collection, Colomé

Turrell’s largest Skyspace and additional light rooms in breathtaking surroundings

Kunst(Zeug)Haus

An extensive private collection of Swiss contemporary art of the last fifty years

Mathaf—Arab Museum of Modern Art

A Royal Collection Spanning 200 Years of Arab Art – Doha, Qatar

KaviarFactory

DJ Cassy and Francesca Gavin meet with collectors Venke and Rolf A. Hoff in Henningsvær, Norway

Stella Art Foundation

An exhibition space for contemporary Russian art

Sara Piccinini

Senior Coordinator, Collezione Maramotti - Reggio Emilia, Italy

Reflection and Speculation

Sammlung von Kelterborn – Frankfurt, Germany

Deichtorhallen Hamburg – Sammlung Falckenberg

Positions of social criticism in German and American contemporary art – Hamburg, Germany

The Walther Collection

Inside and Outside the Frame – Neu Ulm, Germany

Peter Ibsen Collection

Minimalist Works That Hone Your Sense for Detail – Copenhagen, Denmark

Initiating Dialogues

Sammlung Hoffmann – Berlin, Germany

The Mallin Collection & Buckhorn Sculpture Park

Andrea Denver and Francesca Gavin meet with collectors Sherry and Joel Mallin in Upstate New York

The Agah Uğur Collection

One of the Largest Video Art Collections in Istanbul, Turkey

KA Modern and Contemporary Art Space

900 Square Meters Dedicated to Lebanon’s Most Significant Artists – Beirut, Lebanon

Art About Beauty and Infirmity

Collezione De Iorio – Trento & Verona, Italy

Living Collection

Gary Yeh and Francesca Gavin meet with architect and collector William Lim in Hong Kong

Early Passions

Z Collection – Hong Kong, China

Infinite Interiors

Philara Collection – Dusseldorf, Germany

Papko Art Collection

Works of Turkish Modernism at the legendary Ralli Apartment in Istanbul

Risky Business

Astrup Fearnley Museet – Oslo, Norway

Something Special, Something Sacred

The Goss-Michael Foundation – Dallas, United States of America

JAHM – Justin Art House Museum

Digital and Abstract Art — Melbourne, Australia

A More Democratic Art

MACBA – Museum of Contemporary Art of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Embracing the Accidental

Trajković Collection – Belgrade, Serbia

Galila's P.O.C.

A Collection Made up of Thematic Collections – Brussels, Belgium

Establishing Roots and Creating Links

The Ovidiu Șandor Collection – Timișoara, Romania

Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz

Abstract painting and concept art in Brazil’s interior – São Paulo

Conversation Pieces

KUNSTSAELE Berlin – Berlin, Germany

Magazzino Italian Art

Contemporary Italian Art on the Hudson River – New York

Slow Learning

de la Cruz Collection – Miami, United States of America

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

A venue for contemporary African art – Cape Town

The Elliott Eyes Collection

Engaging With the Collectors – Sydney

Foundation Francès

A French roadtrip reaching the radical reflections of artist Kader Attia

The Sublime Hyacinth Collection

Czech Art Meets Czech Design – Prague, Czech Republic

Marciano Art Foundation

Contemporary art at the Masonic temple – Los Angeles

Time Stamps

Julia Stoschek Collection – Berlin, Germany

Generative Grammars

Servais Family Collection – Brussels, Belgium

Chasing the Future

dslcollection – Paris, France

Charged Atmospheres

Transformer Station – Cleveland, United States of America

Places in, and out of, Time

Adrastus Collection – Arévalo, Spain

Eloquent Silences

The Givon Art Forum – Tel Aviv, Israel

Counting to Ten

Ten Cubed – Melbourne, Australia

Dispersing Narratives

The Wedge Collection – Toronto, Canada

Dialogues in Nature

Chatsworth – Bakewell, Great Britain

Present Pasts

The Feuerle Collection – Berlin, Germany

Space for the Future

The Vanhaerents Art Collection – Brussels, Belgium

Colección Contemporánea

A Global Collection from a Seasoned Art Collector In Mexico City

Adrastus Collection

A Collection That Shows the Diversity of Art in the Age of Globalization – Arevalo, Spain

Masters and Romantics

Collection Lambert – Avignon, France

Fondazione Rolla

A Collection of Modern and Contemporary Photography in Ticino

Finnish Rhapsody

Didrichsen Art Museum – Helsinki, Finland

Cranford Collection

One of Europe’s Most Important Collections with Renowned Contemporaries in Regent’s Park – London

Broad Minded

Artist Tomasz Kobialka on The Broad – Los Angeles, USA

Jean-Paul Najar Foundation

European-American Post-Minimalist Art in a Bauhaus-inspired building – Dubai

Treasure Hunt

The Wanås Foundation/Wanås Konst – Knislinge, Sweden

AMC Collezione Coppola

A Curious Collector Acquiring Art to Broaden his Understanding of the World

A Home for Light and Color

MALBA – Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires

Newport Street Gallery

Damien Hirst’s ‘Murderme’ Collection finds a permanent home – London

Franks Suss Collection

A Duo Investing in Artists and Not Cashing In – Hong Kong, London and Sydney

Mallin Collection & Buckhorn Sculpture Park

A Magic Sculpture Garden in Westchester County – Pound Ridge, New York

Shine On

Wurlitzer – Berlin-Pied-à-Terre Collection – Berlin, Germany

Houghton Hall – King's Lynn

Lavish 18th Century interiors juxtaposed with contemporary outdoor sculpture

Venet Foundation

An Artist’s Take on Collecting in the South of France

G2 Kunsthalle

Large-scale paintings of the New Leipzig School in dialogue

The Immaculate Collection

Igal Ahouvi Art Collection – Tel Aviv, Israel

dslcollection

The best of Chinese contemporary art, available 24/7/365

Thoma Foundation

Two intimate art spaces in Chicago and Santa Fe encourage dialogue between work and viewer

Lyon Housemuseum

Located near Melbourne, Australia, collector Corbett Lyon designed the Housemuseum to share it with the public

Follow The Yellow Brick Road

Inhotim – Instituto de Arte Contemporânea e Jardim Botânico

Portraiture Confronting a Land’s Traumatic Past

The Walther Collection – Project Space New York – New York City

Conceptual Authenticity

Sammlung Barbara und Axel Haubrok - haubrok projects - Berlin, Germany

A Self-taught Collector

Vass Collection - Veszprém, Hungary

Roots in Rotterdam

Concordia Collection - Rotterdam, Netherlands

Louvre goes Lens – and Pinault follows

How France’s most established museum and collector are redeveloping forgotten places

History Reinvented

Insights into the influential collection of Martin Parr

A Collection Which Never Sleeps

David Roberts Art Foundation – Great Britain, London

Get Lucky

David Walsh and his MONA

An Eye into a Secret World

SIP Shpilman Institute for Photography – Tel Aviv, Israel

Gifts for Philadelphia

Private collectors with a generous heart

A New Home for Miami’s Art Scene

On the opening of the Jorge M. Pérez Museum

Prima Materia at Punta Della Dogana

François Pinault Foundation - Venice, Italy

Eric and Jean Cass Collection

A private collection goes public

Bernardo Paz’s Transformative Museum

A closer look at Inhotim in Brazil

The Open Road to Jupiter

Robert & Nicky Wilson - Jupiter Artland

Collecting with an Impact

Dakis Joannou - Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art

Menil Collection Makeover

Starting with the parking lot

White Rabbit Collection

Chinese Contemporary Art – Australia, Sydney