»I don’t think anybody has been to all these places.«
Hans Ulrich Obrist
What started off as an ambitious and daunting task back in 2012 to gather a world-wide list of privately owned contemporary art collections with public access, resulted in a pocket-sized publication with the hope to increase the accessibility of privately owned art to the general public. The BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors is your go-to guide to discover new collections where art is presented in the most diverse and interesting settings. The first of its kind, the Art Guide is your perfect companion for city trips abroad or for finding havens of contemporary art right on your doorstep.
The fourth edition of the BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors presents 256 private yet publicly accessible collections of contemporary art — featuring large and small, famous and the relatively unknown. Succinct portraits of the collections with color photographs take the reader to forty-three countries and 180 cities, often to regions that are off the beaten path.
The Art Guide was first developed in 2012 as a long term cooperation between BMW and Independent Collectors. Inspired by a common passion for contemporary art, a standard reference on collecting was born. Featuring texts by distinguished authors, the guide offers a wealth of information on the subject and stands for a new kind of cultural-entrepreneurial partnership. To date, neither the Internet nor any book has ever contained a comparable assembly of international private collections, including several that have opened their doors for the first time.