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Franks-Suss Collection

Hong Kong, London, New York  |  China, England, USA  | 

Franks-Suss Collection

The Franks-Suss Collection was founded in 2001 to discover and support a new generation of artists from emerging economies.

Initially focused on China, collectors Simon Franks and Robert Suss soon widened their purview, with the help of curators Eli Zagury and Tamar Arnon. Nearly 1000 works now fill the collection’s outposts in London, New York, and Hong Kong. Those include established names like Jonas Wood and Zeng Fanzhi, who Simon Franks and Robert Suss began collecting long before either made it big. More recent acquisitions include works by Hannah Perry, Diana Al-Hadid, and Zhai Liang. Despite their prescient track record, the two have collected in direct opposition to the art-as-an-asset-class trend, working closely with the artists on shows, at their residences, like the 2009 exhibition of highlights at Franks’s Hampstead home, or at institutional spaces like the Saatchi Gallery.

Alexander Forbes is a New York based art writer and critic, currently serving as Artsy’s Deputy Editor. Prior to relocating to New York, Alexander was based in Berlin as the European Editor for artnet and German Bureau Chief for Louise Blouin Media.

For more information on the Franks-Suss Collection visit the BMW Art Guide and the Independent Collectors platform.

The Suss home. Photo: Simone Suss
The Suss home. Photo: Simone Suss
Ruud van Empel,
Ruud van Empel, "World no 19", 2006
Bae Joonsung,
Bae Joonsung, "The Costume of Painter - Vermeer 050330", 2006
Jose Davila,
Jose Davila, "Topologies of Light I (DF)", 2012
Nadav Kandar,
Nadav Kandar, " Yangtze, The Long River: Chongqing VI (Sunday Afternoon), Chongqing Municipality", 2006
The Suss home. Photo: Simone Suss
The Suss home. Photo: Simone Suss
Toyin Ojih Odutola,
Toyin Ojih Odutola, "LTS III", 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Copyright Toyin Ojih Odutola
The Suss home. Photo: Simone Suss
The Suss home. Photo: Simone Suss
Yonamine, "Once you go black you never go back", 2013
Steve Bishop,
Steve Bishop, "Her", 2007/2008

All images courtesy of the Franks-Suss Collection