Open Arts Foundation and SARIEV Gallery are pleased to present:


THE REDISCOVERY OF WONDER. What Art Can Really Do for Us
Lecture by Christian Kaspar Schwarm (founder of “Independent Collectors”, Berlin)

28 November, 6:30 pm
Goethe-Institut Bulgarien, 1 Budapeshta str., Sofia
Free admission
The lecture will be in English

The visit of Christian Kaspar Schwarm in Bulgaria is at invitation of SARIEV Gallery and Open Arts Foundation, in the frames of the project “Open Art Files: Topics, People, Spaces, Files in Bulgarian Contemporary Art”, part of the educational platform “Introduction to contemporary art”. The visit is supported by Goethe-Institut Bulgarien

There are a lot of reasons for collecting and living with art. Some seem to be reasonable, some are obviously irrational. And it can become quite difficult, not to get lost in this "jungle of opportunities". Christian Kaspar Schwarm – founder of the global platform "Independent Collectors" and collector himself – talks about his personal motives for having let contemporary art enter his life two decades ago.

Christian Kaspar Schwarm (born 1972) is the founder of Independent Collectors, an online chronicle of contemporary collecting. His global work in art and related fields was awarded with the prestigious "Art Cologne Award" at the beginning of this year (2019). As well as his passion for contemporary art, Christian is a dedicated book lover and turned his own Berlin office into a library. He works self-employed, as a strategy consultant and teaches on a regular basis at the Mannheim based "Popakademie", a state academy of popular music and culture. Christian Kaspar Schwarm describes his collection as a constant movement between two different poles: the dimension of "conflict" – most often in a political or societal meaning – is confronted with the contemporary interpretation of devotion and emotion. The latter seems to symbolize an almost spiritual chance of facing the obscure complexity of our world today. The artists in his collection are Fiona Banner, Beni Bischof, Nina Canell, Marcel van Eeden, Tom Ellis, Guan Xiao, Diango Hernández, David Horvitz, Raimer Jochims, Jonathan Monk, Mario Pfeifer, Peter Piller, Lin May Saeed, Karin Sander, Slavs and Tatars, Michael E. Smith, Simon Starling, Fiete Stolte, Lukas Stopczynski, Hague Yang.


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