This conversation explores the characters and collections of three women who surrounded themselves with art – Alice de Rothschild, Marjorie Merriweather Post and Helene Kröller-Müller
Open almost any historical survey of collecting, and you will be presented with a catalogue of the men who have formed great collections over the centuries – with Catherine the Great and Peggy Guggenheim among the few exceptions, perhaps. But many of the great collections we know today were created or shaped by women whose impact on the history of taste, and on the evolution of collections to become publicly accessible museums, is finally receiving due attention.
This conversation explores the characters and collections of three women who surrounded themselves with art – Alice de Rothschild, Marjorie Merriweather Post and Helene Kröller-Müller – and how the obstacles and opportunities they encountered may have informed the collections they built. It explores how these women’s legacies are reflected today at – respectively – Waddesdon Manor (Buckinghamshire), Hillwood Museum (Washington, D.C.) and the Kröller-Müller Museum (Otterlo).
Moderated by Fatema Ahmed (Apollo magazine)
Welcome word by Hidde van Seggelen
With Tanja de Boer, Kate Markert and Pippa Shirley.
This discussion was part of a series of three events in collaboration with Apollo magazine, exploring the humanstories behind museum collections and how the characters and achievements of historic collectors makethemselves felt – and are being re-evaluated – in museums today.
This TEFAF TALK by Apollo Magazine was part of TEFAF Online 2021’s virtual programming and broadcast live on September 9, 2021.