Global Access To Private Art

The BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors is your go-to guide to privately built yet publicly accessible collections of contemporary art. The very first of its kind, the art guide allows you to discover and personally visit havens of contemporary art that you would not know to exist.

Our project began in 2012 as an ambitious and daunting task, to gather a worldwide list of private contemporary art collections, which included several that had never before opened their doors. This resulted in a pocket-sized publication as a resource, which would radically increase viewership to privately owned art. This initiative now inspires many collectors to share their art filled personal residences. In collaboration with our long-term partner BMW, a new edition of the Art Guide is published each year. This partnership affirms that corporate sponsorhip can and should move far beyond mere logo placement in the realm of arts and culture.

270 collections
196 cities
45 countries

The current fifth edition presents 270 collections of contemporary art — featuring large and small, famous and the relatively unknown. Succinct portraits, written by our team of international authors and art journalists, take the reader to 196 cities across 45 countries, often to regions that are off the beaten path.

Get your copy of the fifth edition through Hatje Cantz, Amazon or your local book store.

Featured collections include:

Museum of Old and New Art | Lyon Housemuseum | Samdani Art Foundation | Charles Riva Collection | Verbeke Foundation | Rennie Collection at Wing Sang | Sifang Art Museum | RKF Collection | Venet Foundation | Château La Coste | Le Silo | Sammlung Boros | The Feuerle Collection | Kienzle Art Foundation | König Family Collection | Sammlung Gnyp Springmeier | Sammlung Philara | Julia Stoschek Collection | G2 Kunsthalle | Sammlung Goetz | The Walther Collection | Sammlung FER Collection | Jupiter Artland | Cranford Collection | Zabludowicz Collection | Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art | Igal Ahouvi Art Collection | Givon Art Forum | Collezione La Gaia | Collezione Maramotti | Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo | Takahashi Collection | Sammlung Majerus | KRC Collection | Kistefos Museet | Fundação Leal Rios | The Ovidiu Șandor Collection | Fundació Suñol | Wanås Foundation | Jean-Paul Najar Foundation | Barjeel Art Foundation | The Dikeou Collection | De la Cruz Collection | Whitespace | among others

Project Directors
Hedwig Solis Weinstein, BMW
Karoline Pfeiffer, IC

Executive Editor
Sylvia Dominique Volz, IC

Graphic Design
Buero Noc