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.
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.
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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