Borgmann’s Generous Donation to the Stedelijk Museum makes quite a few jaws drop!
Art has been a pursuit and passion of those who have a strong emotional side. Not just the artists but even the passionate buyers and collectors are known to have that benevolent streak running through them. One such recent donation to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam underlined this idea when Thomas Borgmann, the famed German collector donated a total of 600 works to them. The collection included works by artists such as Wolfgang Tillmans, Paulina Olowska, Cosima von Bonin and Cerith Wyn Evans. The museum confesses that a donation of this magnanimous proportion actually adds on to their collection on an international level. An exhibition has been scheduled in the late 2017 where a selection of works from this generous donation would be showcased.
The museum statement that was released to accompany the generous gesture went something like this “The composition of the gift matches the diversity of the art produced over the last twenty years, encompassing paintings, installations, collages, sculptures, photography, works on paper, and films. Of particular note is the large scale of many of the pieces.” Borgmann himself was known to run a gallery in two impressive stints one from 1969 to 1985 in Cologne and then the second stint in 1993-94 with Gisela Capitain. He talked about his decision for choosing a Dutch museum and said that he had been following the Stedelijk Museum closely since his first visit in the 1960s and believes the museum to be a natural home for the works of art.
A complete canon of 16mm film works by the Canadian artist Jack Goldstein created by him in the 1970s and 1980s are a prominent part of the donation. Also a part of the donation is Subject Driven, an installation consisting of more than 180 different pieces brought together by the American artist Matt Mullican that presents a synopsis of the entire works that the artist created in the time span of around 40 years from 1970 to 2008. The collection also includes a 2008 neon installation by Wyn Evans titled ‘One of the most notorious….’, a 1995 work by Tillman titled Deranged Nanny (self), and a 2004 Untitled photograph by Lucy McKenzie.