thematizes the motivation of art collectors and their influence on the art market. Cubes of synthetic material are combined to make a seating landscape from which one can view the works hung on the walls. Written on the seating arrangements are statements of why collectors are induced to buy contemporary art.These statements have been selected from numerous interviews with collectors.
I am purchasing participation in the life of an artist, in his or her visions, powers and courage.
To name just two examples of the statements. Collectors identity offers, in a museum context, the opportunity to reflect on collecting and its causal relations within the art market. collectors identity 2006Stadtmuseum Hattingen
The presentation of collectors identity at the art fair artfrankfurt was expanded through the intervention of Lucia Dellefant. She designed and produced a colllllector-sticker.
Over 1.000 visitors to the fair proclaimed themselves as collectors by attaching the sticker to their clothing. The artist was interested in the answers of the visitors to the fair to her question of whether they are collectors or would like to be collectors. They gave their personal view of the art market and described their position in it.
Thus, some occasional buyers felt flattered to be termed collectors and felt they would like to belong to a group that influences the art market. Ambitious collectors, on the other hand, did not want to be marked out as potential buyers at an art fair.
In recent years, collecting art has become a trend in sophisticated social strata. Art fairs have turned into mega-events. Gallery owners lust after record sales. Art magazine readers eagerly devour trivial party scandals and other gossip. A discussion about the content of the works and their innovative potential has increasingly been relegated to the background. By distinguishing the 1,000 collectors and thus an above-average number of potentially high-calibre buyers, Lucia Dellefant exaggerated and caricaturized the art market trend of the time.