Collections cultivated with Matthieu Chevallard

Elizabeth Fazzare: How did you start to create your own collection?

Matthieu Chevallard: I expressed my love for sneakers and the art collection through a SpongeBob SquarePants lithograph, which I bought when I was 19 in college. That’s what really made my wheels spin.

EF: What pieces inspired you to continue?

MC: I think this is all a very building block-like process. I believe that there is an evolution in any practice, and not just a moment of rite of passage, but also a narrowing of its focus in the collection. I started with streetwear and street art / graffiti, that’s what first stimulated me and then it evolved into contemporary art. Arte povera from Italy is my favorite art genre. But as far as what inspires me to continue collecting, I would just say being moved by the aesthetics and the beautiful creations.

EF: Do you have a decisive theme for your collection?

MC: Yes; I would say the reflection of my roots: Italy meets the USA, the concentration being arte povera mixed with American contemporaries and emerging art.

Works by Jake Clark, Alighiero Boetti, Keith Haring and Joel Mesler in the house of Matthew Chevallard.

EF: Which designers or artists inspire you at the moment?

MC: Grown-ups like Yves Klein, René Magritte, Georgia O’Keeffe and Alighiero Boetti inspire me on a daily basis. Friedrich Kunath and Eduardo Sarabia are my favorite living artists.

EF: Does the marketplace help your discovery?

MC: Absoutely; I think fairs and galleries start your creative process and the stimulation starts with interaction.

EF: In terms of discovering new artists / designers, what are your methods of trust?

MC: What attracts my attention and trusted partners, fellow collectors and galleries as well as artists and their networks.

Snarkitecture shelf and René Magritte plate. Art by Valerie Green, engraving by Georgia O’Keeffe, sculpture by Richard Woods and toilet paper (Maurizio Cattelan x Pierpaolo Ferrari).

EF: What’s the next piece on your radar?

MC: Difficult to say there are so many. I have wanted an Yves Klein table for a very long time and have to add it to the collection.

EF: What’s the last piece you bought?

MC: Two Florida Highwaymen pieces from the Nina Johnson Gallery.

EF: What is the piece that escaped?

MC: I wouldn’t say any escaped because I was never afraid to collect. I have no regrets.

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