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Going Public - The Napoleone Collection
- 29 November 2016
10 December - 11 March 2017.
Pioneering collector of women artists, Valeria Napoleone, brings world class contemporary art to Touchstones Rochdale Art Gallery this winter for Going Public – The Napoleone Collection. This exhibition will show personal highlights from Valeria Napoleone’s unparalleled private collection.
Visitors can expect to see seminal works by Mai-Thu Perret, Margherita Manzelli, Tomma Abts, Candice Breitz (who will represent South Africa at the prestigious Venice Biennale in 2017) and Phyllida Barlow (who will represent Great Britain) among many others.
With her first acquisition in the mid-1990s, Valeria Napoleone established a collection with a singular purpose; to champion the work of women artists and redress the gender imbalance she saw within the art world. Spanning from painting and sculpture to photography and installation, Valeria’s remarkable collection has gone on to represent some of the most important female artists of the past 20 years.
Significantly the focus of Valeria’s enlightened patronage has not only been on an exciting new generation who have made an impact on the international contemporary art scene over recent decades, but also older artists like American Judith Bernstein (now in her 70s) who because of sexism in her early career failed to gain the recognition she richly deserved.
Building meaningful relationships with the artists she collects is very important to Valeria. She doesn’t work with an art advisor, her collection is her own passion and she views it as a lifetime project. She is a patron to a select number of arts organisations, a Trustee of the Contemporary Art Society and Head of the Development Committee at Studio Voltaire. Valeria sits on the Board of The Institute of Fine Arts NYU in NYC and is a member of the NYU President's Global Council.
In 2015 Valeria launched Valeria Napoleone XX, an umbrella platform for projects and initiatives working towards increasing the recognition and validation of art practices by female artists through collaborations and partnerships with institutions and individuals in the world of contemporary art. Partnerships within this include Valeria Napoleone XX Contemporary Art Society which is an on-going commitment to purchase and donate a significant work by a living female artist to a different UK museum each year and Valeria Napoleone XX Sculpture Center, a collaborative project that supports the production of a major artwork in a selected exhibition every 12 to 18 months at the New York-based non-profit institution dedicated to contemporary sculpture. The first large-scale sculpture was part of Anthea Hamilton’s solo exhibition for which she is nominated for the Turner Prize 2016.
Valeria Napoleone commented: “We are very excited to share our collection beyond our home walls and London, where it is most needed.
I hope this gesture acts as a catalyst not only to highlight overlooked realities such as regional museums and their lack of funding, but also to emphasise the poor exposure to contemporary art that regional communities are suffering and the more and more pressing call to be creative and innovative about patronage and art philanthropy.”
Mark Doyle, Art Gallery Curator & Collections Manager at Touchstones Rochdale added: “We are absolutely delighted to be showing highlights from Valeria’s outstanding private collection here in Rochdale. Not only does it enable us to bring world class contemporary art to the gallery, but it also sits beautifully within the context of Touchstones Rochdale’s own history of collecting and showcasing work by women artists (the focus of the current permanent collection exhibition in Gallery Two). While we are confident this exhibition will appeal to a broad range of audiences, we are particularly excited about the unique opportunity it presents to reach out and inspire some of the young women living in the Borough with positive role models.”
‘Going Public – The Napoleone Collection’ is generously supported by the Art Fund. The exhibition opens at Touchstones Rochdale on Saturday 10 December and will continue until Saturday 11 March 2017. Entry is free.
Touchstones Rochdale is an award winning Arts & Heritage Centre with an art gallery, museum and Local History Centre. It has a regular programme of contemporary visual arts exhibitions.
Address: Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ.
Admission FREE. Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm