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Private Collection
set of objects from private galleries for contemporary art - Paris, Berlin, London, Vienna, New York, Zurich, Rome
2005-2010

Private Collection is a collection of various objects that we stole in the years 2005 to 2010 from private galleries for contemporary art in Paris, Berlin, London, Vienna, Rome, Zurich and New York. We targeted the most known galleries that have a strong position on the market, participate in the most prestigious art fairs and events, and thus dictate the trends of the entire artistic machinery and declare themselves the arbiters of quality and value in art. However, while stealing we focused exclusively on banal things that are easily replaceable, creating a collection of objects from everyday life. Conceived as a gesture of piracy (a volitive and intentional disrupt of the existing chain of artist-curator-gallerist-collector), the work aims to disclose the orthodoxies of the capitalist market within the art system.

metal clip | Alexander and Bonin New York
white rope | Arndt & Partner Berlin
card holder | Arndt & Partner Zurich
white rope barrier | Galerie Berinson Berlin
grey stapler | Peter Blum Gallery, Blumarts Inc. New York
paintbrush | Marianne Boesky Gallery New York
paint tray | Galerie Niels Borch Jensen Berlin
hammer | Cynthia Broan Gallery New York
headphones | c/o - Atle Gerhardsen Berlin
spatula | Galerie Cent8 Paris
grey rubber door stop | Sadie Coles HQ London
wireless door chime | Galerie Crone Berlin
drillers | Galerie Chantal Crousel Paris
white ashtray | Galerie Valerie Cueto Paris
pioneer remote control | Elisabeth Dee Gallery New York
wooden hanger | Galerie Deschler Berlin
stamp | Galerie les filles du calvaire Paris
towel | Flowers London
brass floor plates | Gagosian Gallery New York
steel floor plate | Gagossian gallery Rome
mouse | GB Agency Paris
paper holder | Gimpel Fils London
fuses | Freymond - Guth & co Fine Arts Zurich
gulley grating | Vilma Gold London
white gloves | Marian Goodman Gallery Paris
handlass | Galerie Bob Gysin Zurich
USB flash disk | Haeusler Contemporary Zurich
spirit level | Herald St London
electric screw driver | Nettie Horn London
mouse pad | IBID Projects London
guest book | Galerie Michael Janssen Berlin
flash light | Jousse Entreprise Paris
plastic book stand | Nicole Klagsburn Gallery New York
black rope barrier | Galerie Meyer Kainer Wien
scissors | Jim Kempner Fine Art New York
metal ashtray | Kuckei + Kuckei Berlin
charger | Kunstagenten Gallery Berlin
black remote control | Lahmann Maupin New York
metal book stand | Yvon Lambert Paris
phone with charger | Maribel Lopez Gallery Berlin
pen | Magazino gallery Rome
card stand | Galerie Kamel Mennour Paris
keys | Victoria Miro Gallery London
toilet brush | Monitor gallery Rome
calculator | Galerie Christian Nagel Berlin
pen stand with ball pen | Galerie Nathalie Obadia Paris
metal pin | Gallery Bob van Orsouw Zurich
metal door stop | Maureen Paley Ltd. London
screwdriver | Friedrich Petzel Gallery New York
metal hanger | Pool Gallery Berlin
sharp remote control | Praz-Delavallade Paris
blue stapler | Galerie Eva Presenhuber Zurich
fire exit sign | Anthony Reynolds Gallery London
perforator | Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris
ceiling light shade | Francesca Schiavo gallery Rome
door knob | Galerie Nicola von Senger AG Zurich
grey remote control | Michael Steinberg Fine Art New York
sony radio | Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve Paris
notepad | Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf Berlin
fire blanket | Upstairs Berlin
bunch of keys | Fabian & Claude Walter Galerie Zurich
black rubber door stop | Mike Weiss Gallery New York
air mail stamps | White Cube/Jay Jopling London
saw | Max Wigram London
allen keys | Wilkinson gallery London
sugar-bowl with spoon | Galerie Zak | Branicka Berlin
extension cable | David Zwirner New York




"Private Collection" in the show "The Making of Art" (2009)
Photo credit: Norbert Miguletz Fotografie 2009 for Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt







installation view in Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (2008/2009)





installation view in Center for Contemporary Arts Torun (2008)





installation view in Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (2007)











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