Collective is an association of art collectors all over Italy and abroad.
It includes both prestigious collections and more recent collections, offering a complete panorama of the variety and depth of the phenomenon in Italy.
Torino | Italia
Rebecca Russo is a scientific researcher, graduated in Clinical Psychology and Specialized in Psychotherapy, passionate about art and in particular video works. In her collection we find videos, images and installations by the greatest contemporary artists, such as Eva Kotatkova, Marina Abramovic, Joseph Kosuth, Liu Ding, Ronald Ventura, Nathalie Djurberg, Tala Madani, Paola Pivi, Keren Cytter, Simon Fujiwara, Tobias Zielony, Ulla Von Brandenburg , Entang Wiharso and many others. In 2013 Rebecca Russo established the Videoinsight® Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes the psychophysical well-being of the person through contemporary art through the Videoinsight® Collection.
Lugano | Switzerland
Since she began buying art in the late 1990s, Cinzia Sanvido has learned that collecting does not just mean assembling a list of names of fashionable artists, but exploring the entire production of selected artists, to get a complete picture of their practice and message. Also, she learned from Bruna Aickelinwho encouraged her to collect. She still looks to some well-known galleristss, but she doesn't need to be talked into a selection, so , when a work of art communicates with her, she decides for herself. Among the artists she follows are Kiki Smith, Carol Rama, Charles Avery, Anna Maria Maiolino and also many Swiss artists, like Heidi Bucher, Marc Bauer and Miriam Cahn. Drawing, because of its immediacy and spontaneity, is her favorite medium of expression.
Napoli | Italia
It's never too early to begin collecting art. Fabio Agovino, a financial advisor, began at the age of 28, and now he has also imparted his passion to his daughters, who he involves in his research and to whom he has dedicated a part of the collection. . The art of the moment is for Agovino a way of investigating reality and of dealing with it. The 200 or so artworks he owns are by artists from his home town, Naples, a city full of stimuli where he stays in touch with the people who have guided him, and by international artists who have become friends over time. The works are like the tesserae of a mosaic: the final image is not yet defined, but he is eager to see the result.
Lucca | Italy
Photography, video, sculpture, installation, painting, and site specific projects. Vittorio and Nunzia Gaddi's collection began in the early 90s. It includes around 400 works of art mostly by international contemporary artists and is viewable by appointment. It includes photography, video, sculpture, installation, painting, and site specific projects. It is housed in an Art Nouveau building in Lucca and two old country houses. One of these was originally intended as a summer residence, but is now full of art. The other was renovated for the collection in 2012. In this kingdom Vittorio Gaddi doesn't seek advice, suggestions or help from curators and he is the director.
Firenze | Italia
Building contractor Marco Paletta has been collecting works of art for the past couple of years. His passion began with the Scuola Romana, and then turned to emerging artists who deal with contemporary themes. Today his collection includes both young and established artists, Italian and foreign. His interest has expanded to painting, but he also is interested in video. Dialogue with other collectors is very important to him and within the art system, as are encounters with artists, because their work is the reflection of their soul.
Como | Italia
Emilio Bordoli began collecting art twenty years ago. The focus of his collecting is, absurdly, not having a focus. For him, the important thing is to find works that encourage study and reflection. During his career he met personalities who taught him so much, such as Achille Bonito Oliva, Jeffrey Deitch and Bruno Bischofberger. Among his passions are Transavanguardia, a movement now undervalued, Pino Pascali, Ettore Spalletti, but also Chinese art. A professional economist, he is very allergic to financial investments. The contemporary art one gives him much more.
Milano | Italia
In Laura Borghi's collection the works of modern and contemporary artists like Pablo Picasso, Fausto Melotti and Kiki Smith dialogue with vases and sculptures from Greek, pre-Columbian and Egyptian antiquity and with 17th century still life paintings. The history of art is a narrative in which the past is a source of inspiration for the present. But there is an artistic medium in Borghi’s collection that is prevalent, and that is ceramics. Laura Borghi became interested in this art form thanks to the British art dealer Anita Besson and she introduced it in Italy with her Milan art gallery Officine Saffi.
Parma | Italia
Monica Rabaglia is a psychoanalyst, co-founder, and councilor of an association that deals with the treatment and study of personality disorders (PDlab). She started collecting contemporary art in 2006, focussing on female artists such as Roni Horn, Kiki Smith, Sophie Calle. Monica Rabaglia's profession is reflected in her research, which has always focussed on identity issues. Lately, she has turned to art dealing with contemporary political and socio-cultural topics. But besides the meaning, there is the encounter with the work of art, which is unpredictable and pre-rational, and represents an experience of self-knowledge, as well as of the object.
Trento/Verona | Italy
De Iorio Collection
Mauro De Iorio is a radiologist and healthcare entrepreneur. In 2018 he opened his collection to the public in two spaces in Trento: one next to his clinic and the other in an eighteenth-century building in the center. In Verona, another exhibition space is being restored in a carpentry shop from the 1930s, which will open at the end of 2020.
Genova | Italia
Cardillo Piccolino Collection
Felice Cardillo Piccolino is an ophthalmologist who specializes in retinal diseases and founding President of the Foundation for the Macula Onlus. With his wife Luciana he has created a collection that currently includes a hundred works. After focussing on photography, the couple turned to painting with a preference for the figurative.
Santa Margherita Ligure | Italy
Andrea Fustinoni, an art collector since the 1990s, Managing Director of the Grand Hotel Miramare in Santa Margherita Ligure and co-founder of Collective, has a passion for video and photography. Buying art for him and his partner Fabio D'Amato is synonymous with curiosity - a curiosity that arises every time they notice a dissonance between the appearance of a work and its message.
Piacenza | Italia
At 31 years old Michele Cristella is the youngest collector of Collective. He began his contemporary art career at the age of 25-years-old, first looking at artists who reflect in their work one of the most important innovations of the 20th century, Internet. Today he has expanded his attention to other themes dealt with by artists of his generation, born in the 80s. Since last year he has been promoting a prize to bring emerging art to Piacenza, the Ducato Prize. The winners will be announced in May.
Milano | Italy
Founder of Artbag and Archeto, Giovanni Scarzella, together with his wife Camilla Previ, has been collecting paintings, drawings and sculptures of young emerging artists since 2012. Also in his work he relates to the art world, supporting the digitalisation of institutions operating in the field of contemporary art.
Pavia | Italia
For Angela Cucchiarelli and Attilio Meoli collecting is a new activity. They have been buying art for a couple of years and they are still finding their way. Angela worked in a bank and now dedicates herself to her passions; Attilio is an entrepreneur with interests in various sectors, including the art market.He opened Art-Rite Auctions, in early 2018. Having begun with Italian art, they have moved on to international contemporary art, with a focus on African art and art of the African Diaspora. The aesthetic and emotional aspect of the work of art is what drives them, but the couple are also clear that art is also an investment.