International collectors talk with Gilles Fuchs and Thomas Olbricht, January 13, 7 p.m.

The me Collectors Room is extending an invitation to a collectors talk on January 13, 2011 at 7 p.m. with Gilles Fuchs and Thomas Olbricht in the scope of the Berlin-Paris gallery exchange.

This talk will be kicking off a series of discussions with collectors from all over the world to be held at the me Collectors Room in cooperation with KUNST Magazin. Since late 2009 KUNST Magazin has been hosting monthly collectors talks at the Tausend Bar in Berlin with German art collectors. In 2011, through collaboration with the me Collectors Room, international collectors are invited to hold talks at Thomas Olbricht’s venue.

Gilles Fuchs, Collection Marie-Françoise and Gilles Fuchs, President of ADIAF (Association pour la Diffusion de l’Art Français)

Since the 1960s, Gilles Fuchs has been augmenting his private collection of contemporary art while being significantly involved in the French art scene of the times. He acquired his first artwork at age eighteen: a painting by René Magritte.
As Gilles Fuchs has said of his collecting activities: “Être collectionneur, c’est se mettre en état de grande disponibilité mentale” (Gilles Fuchs). “Being a collector implies a willingness to engage in great mental endeavors.”
In the year 2000, Gilles Fuchs, as president of ADIAF, established the Marcel Duchamp Prize, which is awarded annually to a French artist (or to an artist living in France) under fifty years of age. The prize, which is awarded by an international jury, entails 35,000 euros and a solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou.

Thomas Olbricht, me Collectors Room Berlin

Thomas Olbricht, born 1948, is a chemist, medical doctor, and endocrinologist who has compiled one of the most comprehensive private collections in Europe over the past twentyfive years. His collection comprises works ranging from the early sixteenth century to very recent contemporary art. This collection, spanning both genres and eras, is characterized by the subjective selection of a passionate collector, with the driving force being a desire to explore and understand human existence: existential themes like Eros, death, and transience form the programmatic points of emphasis in the Olbricht Collection.

In cooperation with KUNST Magazin and Berlin-Paris.
Moderation: Jan Kage
Free entrance. Talk held in English.