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Independent Collectors is a content platform about the culture of contemporary collecting. Since 2008, we’ve been working with both established and young collectors, artists and art professionals, to offer a comprehensive, unparalleled insight into the collecting community.

The Collections

We make private collections accessible to an international audience. Our online exhibitions feature art in private living spaces, public institutions, urban off-locations and places as remote as the Brazilian jungle.

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The Collectors

Our interest lies in the stories behind a collection. Following our understanding of contemporary art as an inclusive and accessible dialogue our featured collectors are as diverse as the artworks they collect.

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The Members Area

Join the IC Members Area to benefit from collector specials including VIP tickets for art events and exclusive publications. Signing up is free and we do not sell any form of data to third parties.

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Global Partner

Since 2009, BMW has supported Independent Collectors as an exclusive global partner. In 2012 we developed the first BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors which has since become a standard reference on collecting art. Now on its fourth edition this long-term cooperation stands for a new era of cultural-entrepreneurial partnerships.


The BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors presents 256 private yet publicly accessible collections of contemporary art, taking the reader to forty-three countries and 180 cities, often to regions that are off the beaten path. Pick up your copy of the latest edition directly via Hatje Cantz or Amazon or download the eBook.


I don't think anybody has been to all these places.

Hans Ulrich Obrist

Project Development

Independent Collectors is a project by Independent Connectors GmbH. Within the realm of arts and culture we continue to develop strategic formats for foundations, brands and institutions.

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Office & Library

Christian Kaspar Schwarm


When Christian started collecting conceptual art in the early 2000’s he was searching the internet for a place to exchange experiences with other collectors. Since no such platform existed, the Berlin-based strategy consultant founded his own. Within a decade Independent Collectors evolved into the world’s largest online community for art collectors. Today, the platform publishes its own editorial content and continues to grow – just like Christian’s collection, which features works by the likes of Slavs and Tatars, Michael E. Smith and Hague Yang and is currently on display at the Weserburg.

Amy Binding

Editor in Chief

Originally from the United Kingdom, Amy made the decision to relocate to Berlin after completing her MA in Photography from the UCCA in 2010. Prior to joining Independent Collectors, Amy worked for Sleek Magazine as their Picture Editor, as well as collaborating with a diverse range of independent publishers and publications. Amy joined the Independent Collectors team as Editor in Chief in 2015.

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Karoline Pfeiffer

Global Partnerships

Karoline joined the Independent Collectors team in 2013. In addition to managing our global partner projects with BMW and Allianz, she initiates a variety of talks and events that discuss the role of new technologies in the arts. In collaboration with BVDG she set up the BETA Manifesto For The Future Art Market which addresses current digital trends and has been presented at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg and the HeK Basel.

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Dr. Sylvia Dominique Volz

Executive Editor of the BMW Art Guide

Sylvia is a Berlin-based art historian, editor and curator. The former deputy representative of Christie’s Berlin office works as an independent collection and artist manager, executing her curatorial expertise in exhibitions such as “Paperworlds” at the me Collectors Room and the Buchheim Museum. Sylvia joined Independent Collectors in 2014 and is Executive Editor of the BMW Art Guide.

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How to Find Us

U1, U2, U3, U4 Nollendorfplatz


Kalckreuthstraße 16
10777 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 23 38 81 09