Guardians of Emerging Heritage: Public Access Options to Private Collections
Philippe Méaille is the son of two art collectors. He studies chemistry at the René Descartes University in Paris, where he attends as often as he can libraries and art galleries. He subsequently built his first library. His meeting with important booksellers such as Marc Martin-Malburet let him understand what was at stake with the art object. He begins his collection with Video Artist such as Nam June Paik, and come quickly to Minimal and Conceptual Art. In the mid 90s he decides to focus the collection on the works of Art & Language and become the most important buyer of their works in a depressed art market. At the end of 90s, he meets the artists of Art & Language and understands the obligation he has for his collection to become public. Bernard Ceysson then Director of the MUDAM (Museum of Modern Art Luxembourg) is interested in hosting the collection. This project is completely abandoned in 1999. In 2007, Corinne Diserens who was building MUSEION in Bolzano decide to have the collection on long term loan for the museum, but this project is also abandoned in 2008 next after the opening. The Philippe Méaille Collection is on long term loan at MACBA Barcelona since 2010. Since 2016 Philippe Méaille is the founder and President of the Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary Art.