Private Viewing: Norval Launch Collector’s Focus series

View, discuss and appreciate the art of private collectors


Some of the best art in the world is not found in galleries and museums, it is found in private residences, corporate offices, or (in some tragic cases) simply hidden away in storage. To ensure that these works are shared with the public, Norval Foundation is launching the Collector’s Focus series of exhibitions to provide at platform for artworks in these collections to be viewed, discussed and appreciated.

In addition to showcasing this art, Norval is hoping the series will create an understanding that art collecting is not necessarily a privilege reserved for a select few. Instead, from humble beginnings and in unlikely places, a passion for art can lead to a lifetime of collecting.

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Elana Brundyn, Director of Norval Foundation, says: 'These exhibitions honour the contributions that collectors have made in supporting and promoting artists and designers, and they present an opportunity to share with the public the vital role that collectors play.'

Currently the exhibition in the Collector’s Focus series is Vedanā: ‘Experiences of Tonality in the Véronique Susman-Savigne Collection. This exhibition presents a constellation of works from the collection of Véronique Susman-Savigne acquired on several continents, which reflects on humanity’s existential questions.

Vedanā is a Buddhist term referring to the range of pleasant, neutral and unpleasant sensations that occur when our physical sensations come into contact with our mental state and feelings. The selected works present in themes centred around love, identity, belonging, acceptance and rebellion, memory and amnesia, stillness and motion, rhythm and blues.

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The exhibition also catalogues life’s in-between moments where nothing happens. These are the neutral feelings in vedana? where time freezes, and where motions ease. Vedana?: Experiences of Tonality in the Ve?ronique Susman-Savigne Collection brings together figurative and abstract works; vivid faces, blurred figures, suggestions, declarations and gestures, as subjective equivalents of a life experienced. What is being represented are inner states of being.

Vedanā: ‘Experiences of Tonality in the Véronique Susman-Savigne Collection is on display in Gallery 9 at Norval Foundation until 7 January 2019.