Going Public: International Art Collectors in Sheffield

September 16 2015 – December 12 2015

Highlights from some of Europe's finest collections of contemporary art.

It was once taken for granted that every major city in the UK should collect art for the benefit of its people. Many great collections, Sheffield’s included, were founded upon the philanthropic bequests of private collectors. Where are the philanthropists of the future, and what role do public galleries and private collections play in bringing great art to everyone?

To kick-start a debate, venues across Sheffield will partner with major European art collectors this autumn to bring a programme of world class exhibitions and unique events to the city.

SIA Gallery and Site Gallery will present an exhibition of work by leading contemporary Cantonese artists drawn from the DSL collection. The exhibition will explore how artists have been influenced by the legacy of the province and its rapid urbanisation over the last 20 years.

The Millennium Gallery will host a range of works from the Nicolas Cattelain Collection by artists including Sol LeWitt, Do Ho Suh, Dan Flavin, Anthony McCall and more.

Rarely-seen works and archival material by Marcel Duchamp and his circle from the vast collection of Egidio Marzona will form a focused exhibition at the Graves Gallery.

Installations by Sarah Lucas, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Maurizio Cattelan, among other leading contemporary artists, will be displayed throughout Sheffield Cathedral, drawn from the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection.

In addition to the exhibition programme, Sheffield Hallam University will host a summit event on 12 October 2015 bringing together international art world figures to debate the role of private philanthropy for the arts in the 21st century.

Image: Lewis Baltz, Candlestick Point, 1989 © the artist, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander. Photo courtesy Cattelain Collection.

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