BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors

Friedrich Gräfling

Sammlung Fiede - Aschaffenburg, Germany

Sarah Maple, Bloody Neon. Theo Lorenz, Untitled, Sammlung Fiede
Sarah Maple, Bloody Neon. Theo Lorenz, Untitled, Sammlung Fiede

What was the first art work you bought and when?

The first art work I bought was a graffiti work by a befriended local graffiti artist, whom I knew from my "own artistic experience". I was 15 at that time; obviously less intended as an art piece, but already thought as a document of this particular time.

Why do you collect?

It is a disease. Either you are a collector or not. It is like building a model train. The fun is in the dream, planning and building, rather than having the trains moving.

Does your collection follow a concept or a specific theme?

Not really, but obviously one could interpret concepts or themes at some point. But there is no real strategy we are following

Which artists do you follow at the moment?

This is difficult to name. There are maybe three branches to the collection. One consists of early or more unknown works of very established artist that are hence still affordable for me. Then there is a very interesting group of Berlin based artists that I have been following closely for the past years. Lastly I am always interested to discover young artists who are sometimes even still students. One interesting, very young artist we are following intensely right now is Maximilian Arnold

Bob and Roberta Smith, Sammlung Fiede
Bob and Roberta Smith, Sammlung Fiede
Visible on the left: Alicja Kwade, Sammlung Fiede
Visible on the left: Alicja Kwade, Sammlung Fiede

Do you have a personal relationship with the artists you collect?

With most of them, yes. With the young ones definitely and with some of the established ones, too.

Why did you decide to make your collection publicly accessible?

Intended as storage or rather the freedom to not be constraint by the remaining wall space in my flat, the "Schlachthaus" developed. After the fun and success of last years’ exhibition, curated by the artist Gregor Hildebrandt, we wanted to do something again this year. However there is neither a concept behind nor could we finance a proper program. Everything is very self initiated and collaborative.

Which publicly accessible private collection would you recommend visiting?

One collection I always like to visit is Sammlung Hoffmann in Berlin. It is not a secret tip, but I am surprised every time, as the exhibitions are never predictable - it is an enriching.

The collection of Friedrich Gräfling is included in the second edition of the BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors which will be available in September 2013.

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Collectors (56)

Maurizio Morra Greco

Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples, Italy

Qiao Zhibing

TANK Shanghai and Qiao Space - Shanghai, China

Jochen Zeitz

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) - Cape Town, Africa

Dominique & Sylvain Levy

DSLCollection – Paris, France

Andrea von Goetz

Sammlung Blankenburg – Hamburg, Germany

Michael Buxton

Buxton Contemporary - Melbourne, Australia

Anastasios A. Gkekas

The Office Collection - Nicosia, Cyprus

Christine and Andrew Hall

Hall Art Foundation - Reading, USA & Derneburg, Germany

João Carlos de Figueiredo Ferraz

Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz (IFF) - São Paulo, Brazil

Anita Zabludowicz

Zabludowicz Collection – London, United Kingdom

Gordon Elliott

The Elliott Eyes Collection - Sydney, Australia

Seth Stolbun

The Stolbun Collection – Houston, USA

Christian & Karen Boros

Sammlung Boros – Berlin, Germany

Maria Didrichsen

Didrichsen Art Museum – Helsinki, Finland

Timo Miettinen

Salon Dahlmann – Berlin, Germany

Marli Hoppe-Ritter

Sammlung Marli Hoppe-Ritter – Waldenbuch, Germany

Désiré Feuerle

The Feuerle Collection – Berlin, Germany

Noemi Givon

Givon Art Forum – Tel Aviv, Israel

The Vague Space

Christian Kaspar Schwarm on the first solo presentation of his collection at the Weserburg Bremen

Gudrun & Bernd Wurlitzer

Wurlitzer Pied A Terre Collection – Berlin, Germany

Corbett Lyon

Lyon Housemuseum – Melbourne, Australia

Geert Verbeke-Lens

Verbeke Foundation – Kemzeke, Belgium

László Vass

Vass Collection – Veszprém, Hungary

Daisuke Miyatsu

Dream House – Ichikawa, Japan

Samara Walbohm & Joe Shlesinger

Scrap Metal Gallery – Toronto, Canada

Charles Riva

Charles Riva Collection – Brussels, Belgium

Venke & Rolf Hoff

KaviarFactory – Lofoten, Norway

Alain Servais

Servais Family Collection – Brussels, Belgium

Ivo Wessel

Sammlung Ivo Wessel - Berlin, Germany

Ramin Salsali

Salsali Private Museum – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Vittorio Gaddi

Collezione Nunzia e Vittorio Gaddi – Lucca, Italy

Miguel Leal Rios

Fundação Leal Rios – Lisbon, Portugal

Julia Stoschek

Julia Stoschek Collection – Dusseldorf, Germany

Gertraud and Dieter Bogner

Kunstraum Buchberg – Gars am Kamp, Austria

Bob Rennie

Rennie Collection at Wing Sang – Vancouver, Canada

Heiner Wemhöner

Sammlung Wemhöner – Herford, Germany

Lin Han

M WOODS – Beijing, China

Kenny Goss

The Goss-Michael Foundation – Dallas, USA

Karsten Schmitz

Arbeitswohnung Federkiel – Leipzig, Germany

Devon Dikeou

The Dikeou Collection - Denver, USA

Thomas Olbricht

ME Collectors Room Berlin/Stiftung Olbricht – Berlin, Germany

Mera & Donald Rubell

Rubell Family Collection – Miami, USA

Pétur Arason

Safn – Berlin, Germany / Reykjavík, Iceland

Steffen Hildebrand

G2 Kunsthalle – Leipzig, Germany

Rafaela Seppälä

RKF Collection – Helsinki, Finland

Frédéric de Goldschmidt

Frédéric de Goldschmidt – Brussels, Belgium

Daniel Teo

The Private Museum – Singapore, Singapore

Claudio Cosma

Sensus – Luoghi per l’arte Contemporanea – Florence, Italy

Michał Borowik

Michał Borowik Collection – Warsaw, Poland

Herbert Gerisch

Herbert-Gerisch-Stiftung - Neumünster, Germany

José Berardo

Museu Coleção Berardo – Lisbon, Portugal

Bärbel Grässlin and Karola Kraus

Sammlung Grässlin - St. Georgen, Germany

Joëlle and Eric Romba

Rocca Stiftung – Berlin, Germany

Myriam and Amaury de Solages

Maison Particulière – Brussels, Belgium

Benjamin Genocchio

Fair Director at The Armory Show