Philippe Méaille

Founder & President, Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary Art, Montsoreau, France
Four Season AL MarYah
24TH and 25TH JANUARY 2018
"Join me at Art Talks II: Evolving Cultures, Developing Collections on the 21st and 22nd of March 2018. I will be giving an exclusive interview on the 21st of March 2018 to discuss the world's largest private collection of Art & Language works, Chateau Montsoreau- Museum of Contemporary Art. I will also be speaking alongside "la Caixa" Foundation, 21c Museum Hotels and Bodega Otazu where we will explore guardians of emerging heritage and public access options to private collections outside the context of a traditional private museum setting. Learn more on the overview page."

Château de Montsoreau owns the Largest Art and Language Collection

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.