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The Book

The BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors is your go-to guide to privately built yet publicly accessible collections of contemporary art. The very first of its kind, the art guide allows you to discover and personally visit havens of contemporary art that you would not know to exist.

Our project began in 2012 as an ambitious and daunting task, to gather a worldwide list of private contemporary art collections, which included several that had never before opened their doors. This resulted in a pocket-sized publication as a resource, which would radically increase viewership to privately owned art. This initiative now inspires many collectors to share their art filled personal residences. In collaboration with our long-term partner BMW, a new edition of the Art Guide is published each year.

The current fifth edition presents 270 collections of contemporary art — featuring large and small, famous and the relatively unknown. Succinct portraits, written by our team of international authors and art journalists, take the reader to 196 cities across 45 countries, often to regions that are off the beaten path.

This project would not have been possible without the contributions of Sylvia Dominique Volz (Editor in Chief) and Karoline Pfeiffer (Project Manager).

Get your copy of the fifth edition through Hatje CantzAmazon or your local book store.