BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors

Narda van 't Veer

The Narda van 't Veer Collection – Monnickendam, Netherlands

Installation view of the Narda van ‘t Veer Collection © Inga Powilleit / Courtesy de Volkskrant
Installation view of the Narda van ‘t Veer Collection © Inga Powilleit / Courtesy de Volkskrant

Narda van 't Veer has always had a real passion for fashion photography. She was a big fan of Frenchman Guy Bourdin, who had revolutionized the field in the 1960s and 1970s. But over time, van 't Veer became more deeply invested in the medium's various other strands. At first, she mainly collected nude photography, then she discovered her fondness for experimental and provocative work. Today, the Dutchwoman's private home showcases one of the most fascinating and extensive collections of photography, including artists such as Risk Hazekamp, Robin de Puy, Michael Bailey-Gates, and Collier Schorr, as well as established artists like Helmut Newton, and the duo Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. For van 't Veer, who also runs The Ravestijn Gallery, it's important that the works interact with each other.

We interviewed her to find out more about her and her collection.

Karel Fonteyne, Untitled 1, 1987
Karel Fonteyne, Untitled 1, 1987
Karel Fonteyne, Untitled 2, 1987
Karel Fonteyne, Untitled 2, 1987
Karel Fonteyne, Untitled 3, 1987
Karel Fonteyne, Untitled 3, 1987

What artwork initiated your collection?

I know exactly what work, namely, it was in 1987 by the Belgian photographer Karel Fonteyne.

What is a rather controversial artwork within your collection?

I think a lot of my collection could be experienced as controversial, but I have never looked upon it in such a way. Many of the works in my collection depict nudity and gender issues. I have always looked for the aesthetics and the beauty of a piece rather than the controversy.

How do you benefit from being in exchange with other art collectors?

I have always enjoyed getting in contact with other collectors – but it also always tells me I have been right in choosing my own path and way of working. Because of this, I believe I have an extraordinary collection, distinguishing itself from others through the avant-garde and provocative approach I have.

Vivianne Sassen, E’s Jacket (from the Reals series), 2005
Vivianne Sassen, E’s Jacket (from the Reals series), 2005
Collier Schorr, Boots, Chair, Hair, 1998
Collier Schorr, Boots, Chair, Hair, 1998
David Armstrong, Rachel & Alice, NYC, 2001
David Armstrong, Rachel & Alice, NYC, 2001

Tell us three things to consider before starting an art collection.

1 – I never really considered myself an art collector, until other people mentioned it. I think the most important thing is that you act out of love for art, and in my case photography in particular. It is something I sort of became overtime, not something I intentionally worked towards.
2 – Because I narrowed down the theme of my collection, it is a logical collection of artworks. So stick to the theme / narrative.
3 – Consider the space you need to really enjoy the works from your collection. I have always really enjoyed being able to experience the works I have daily, rather than putting them away in a drawer or storage.

How do you ensure your collection becomes timeless?

A very hard question, but I think I did it through evolving along with the art world. I have been collecting art, especially photography, since I can remember – my taste has evolved overtime. I can nowadays enjoy pieces of art I did not, let’s say 30 years ago, and the other way around. I believe my collection is timeless as my taste is timeless as well. Besides, I have works by a very broad selection of artists, ranging from established, world-famous photographers to up and coming fresh faces on the scene.

Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, "Baby" (from The Last Sitting), 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, "Baby" (from The Last Sitting), 1962

Collectors (77)

Rashid Al Khalifa


Olivier Chow

The Olivier Chow Collection – Lausanne, Switzerland

Valeria Napoleone

Valeria and Gregorio Napoleone Collection – London, UK

Matteo Novarese

SOF:ART – Bologna, Italy

Martin Steppacher

Gallery Durchgang – Basel, Switzerland

Carmelo Graci

Graci Collection – Mantova, Italy

Dr. William Lim

Living Collection – Hong Kong


Nicola Erni Collection – Steinhausen, Switzerland

Lukas Jakob

Jakob Collection – Gundelfingen, Germany

Claus Busch Risvig

Bech Risvig Collection – Silkeborg, Denmark

Joseph Awuah-Darko

The Terra Collection Of African Contemporary Art – Accra, Ghana | London, UK


Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim Collection – Berlin, Germany

Michał Borowik

Michał Borowik Collection – Warsaw, Poland

Bernardo Paz

Instituto Inhotim – Centro de Arte Contemporânea e Jardim Botânico – Brumadinho, Brazil

Tony Salamé

Aïshti Foundation – Beirut, Lebanon

Nadia & Rajeeb Samdani

Samdani Art Foundation (SAF), Dhaka, Bangladesh

Lord David Cholmondeley

Houghton Hall – King's Lynn, Great Britain

Galila Barzilaï-Hollander

Galila's P.O.C., Brussels, Belgium

Martin Margulies

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse – Miami, United States of America

Christine and Andrew Hall

Hall Art Foundation - Reading, USA & Derneburg, Germany

Qiao Zhibing

TANK Shanghai and Qiao Space - Shanghai, China

Christen Sveaas

Kistefos Museet, Jevnaker, Norway

Noemi Givon

Givon Art Forum – Tel Aviv, Israel

Michael Buxton

Buxton Contemporary - Melbourne, Australia

Seth Stolbun

The Stolbun Collection – Houston, USA

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

Gordon Elliott

The Elliott Eyes Collection - Sydney, Australia

The Vague Space

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

Anita Zabludowicz

Zabludowicz Collection – London, United Kingdom

Anastasios A. Gkekas

The Office Collection - Nicosia, Cyprus

Rik Reinking

WAI - Woods Art Institute, Wentorf bei Hamburg, Germany

Maria Didrichsen

Didrichsen Art Museum – Helsinki, Finland

João Carlos de Figueiredo Ferraz

Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz (IFF) - São Paulo, Brazil

Julia Stoschek

Julia Stoschek Collection – Dusseldorf, Germany

Maurizio Morra Greco

Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples, Italy

Christian & Karen Boros

Sammlung Boros – Berlin, Germany

Timo Miettinen

Salon Dahlmann – Berlin, Germany

Marli Hoppe-Ritter

Sammlung Marli Hoppe-Ritter – Waldenbuch, Germany

Désiré Feuerle

The Feuerle Collection – Berlin, Germany

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

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

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

Friedrich Gräfling

Sammlung Fiede - Aschaffenburg, Germany