The choice of works on display was made on instinct rather than names. “The approach we chose for the selection was to exercise, as well, our barbaric taste. We tried to choose artworks without knowing anything about them, about the artists who made them,” de Ribou highlights. “We made an instinctive first selection based on the appearance of the artworks. Everything is in the hanging and the scenography.” What this looks like has been a surprise—even the collectors do not know the final line-up.
De Goldschmidt is looking forward to seeing how his works sit in dialogue with other collectors’ pieces—as well as to rediscovering pieces forgotten in storage. “This idea is to show that there are great pieces available at reasonable prices if you like to go beyond the main galleries and fairs to look for them. Emerging artists, unless or before they’ve been taken over by the market, need to be priced reasonably.” He emphasizes how friendships with and support for artists has continued among his four fellow collectors and notes that he engages with artists’ practices over a period of years, rather than on the whim of speculation or fashion.