Meet the young collector who is taking the international art world by storm whilst never forgetting his roots in Denmark.
Collecting with his partner for the last eight years, Claus Busch Risvig, has definitely caught the collecting bug. The collection, which currently includes over 200 artworks, is fast becoming one of the most important collections of emerging contemporary art that Denmark has to offer.
When did you start collecting art, and why?
Before I met my girlfriend Stine, I didn’t really have an interest in art and had definitely never thought about it as something you collect. That was about to change! Not only did my parents-in-law turn out to be enthusiastic art lovers, they are also collectors, and are those to be blamed for my collector mania. Around 2010, Stine and I moved to a new apartment and decided to buy some real art for the walls instead of the usual poster from IKEA. This marked the very beginning of our collector journey - we simply got hooked and started seeing and studying more art and we really haven't looked back since.
I see collecting as a personal investment that is part of my evolvement as a human being in a specific moment in time.
What about the artwork makes you decide to select it to add to your collection?
Most of all, it’s about feelings. In which way does the work make us feel? Does it create joy? Tension? Excitement? Either way, it’s really important that the works we add to our collection make us feel something, be it good or bad. We also do quite a lot of research before making a final decision, as we like to know as much as possible about the artist before we buy.
Do you have any advice for new collectors?
1. Get started by going to a lot of exhibitions, both at galleries and museums. Also, try to read some books about art history - this will give you a good idea of which type of art you like and probably make the buying process easier.
2. Do your research. When you find a piece of art you like, go home and do your research. Try to find out everything you can about the artist, which galleries he/she is shown at, is he/she in any known collections etc. This will also help you make the right decision.
3. Buying prints can also be a good way to get you started collecting, they are inexpensive compared to unique pieces of art and it is possible to get works from well-known artists that way.
“In the end when you bring home a new painting, sculpture, or work of art, you feel the romance, the passion and this is what it’s all about: Feeling it and living with it on a daily basis..”
Are there specific pieces you look for before choosing to buy?
Today I always go for minimalistic and abstract art. I tend, as mentioned, to follow the artist I already collect but I also use especially Instagram to check out new artist I could find interesting. One starting point I often take is look at the artists in my collection’s social sphere. They often surround themselves with other intriguing artist that reflects my taste. And in many cases artists have the best eyes !!
Do you have any advice for new collectors?
Be thorough. Buying art is not supposed be easy and shallow. As mentioned above, always look into the artist before buying. Read about the person; dig into the artist history of shows, placements in other collections and so on. You have to take it seriously and if you do so it will be long and fantastic journey full of interesting experiences. And ask. Ask or talk to other collectors or gallerists whose collection you like or find interesting. They will most likely give you their advice since you have the same taste and everyone loves to share their passion.
“One thing that hit me within these last few months, and especially after founding Sunday-S, is how extremely hard it is to be an artist. I meet so many talented and gifted artists that are fighting to get a show, get noticed, just to get their name out there. When you are on the collector side of the table — as I was for many years, and still am — you rarely see the other side of the industry. These artists — young or old, unnoticed or forgotten — deserve so much more respect than a like, or a flip of a JPEG. It’s truly an eye-opener to meet and feel their lives. When I was just a collector, I had no idea. The same also goes for gallerists. It's tough, and it's so much hard work. It's not just chilled white wine and fancy parties every Friday.”