Art En Valise: Three Collectors Join Forces and Pool Resources
By Sky Gooden, April 10 2014.
On an early April evening, one of Toronto’s most unique gallery spaces was buzzing. Three of Toronto’s prominent collectors were initiating a significant and wholly experimental project, Art en Valise (a term taken from Duchamp’s traveling suitcase that contained miniature models of his artworks), and doing so with no small amount of sophistication and fanfare. Unveiling a solo exhibition of the rising Czech artist Eva Kotátková at Scrap Metal and hosting an artist talk with Frieze curator Cecilia Alemani, collectors Elisa Nuyten, Liza Mauer, and Paul Marks were introducing their project with marquee talent. And while a privately-invited crowd of museum directors, curators, and fellow collectors observed the talk in an annexed gallery, the surprises mounted.