Montabonel & Partners work closely with key institutions and collectors to formulate and implement cultural branding strategies with the aim of enhancing the role of their collections and making them accessible to local and international audiences. A collection’s identity and individual perspective are paramount and we therefore approach each collection with a curatorial methodology and strategy tailored to reflect the client’s interests and personality.
Our collectors benefit from our in-depth knowledge of the intricacies of both primary and secondary markets, acquired over decades of working at auction houses, galleries, museums and collections. We have privileged connections to galleries, artists’ estates, private collections, secondary market dealers, auction houses, and living artists. By guiding our client through our established network of relevant experts, we ensure a transfer of knowledge and expertise that gives them tools to make the right acquisitions, to understand the fair value of an artwork and to achieve the best outcome in a negotiation. We mediate their navigation of a complex and as yet unregulated art industry.
We build the visibility of our clients’ collections as required, whilst maintaining utmost discretion. This ranges from encouraging loans to exhibitions, introductions to curators, museums and scholars, participating in panel discussions on collecting, joining museum boards and donations of works to other institutions (private or public) or helping them with advice on the legal and financial management of their collections.
We believe that the due diligence process is of the utmost importance when building a significant museum-quality art collection and oversee all aspects of due diligence when vetting an artwork for a client. Our acquisitions for clients have included Cy Twombly, Donald Judd, Pablo Picasso, Basquiat, Rauschenberg, Richard Serra, Josef Albers and Dan Flavin, among many others. Our thorough approach ensures that our clients are not faced with the consequences of costly mistakes such as provenance or authenticity issues. This being said, we are currently dealing on behalf of a client with a fraudulent work issued by the artist’s estate itself.