Collector Pierre Sigg on Artists Who Reinvent Painting With New Tech, and the Warhol He Wants in His Bathroom

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After years of building up the collection, Saudi-based Swiss-born art collector Pierre Sig decided to embark on something more similar but not exactly the same.

Investors and consultants focused on real estate, hospitality and technology will soon open a foundation in the form of a residence of leading artists between the Middle East and Europe.

Opening in January, the Sigg Art Foundation will host a program of artist residency, including Al-Ula, an ancient archaeological site in Saudi Arabia that will host Desert X this month, and his parents’ home in southern France.

Digital-focused artists such as Petra Cortright, Louisa Gagliardi and Timur Si-Qin have been carefully selected for this round.

This program focuses on traditional art practices, especially painting, which are being revisited through the prism of digital and innovation.

During his new project, we talked with collectors, new artists on his radar, and why we can learn about art history through innovation.

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Ben Elliott Perfect painting (blue_turquoise) (2021). Sig art collection.

What was your first purchase?

One of the first things I bought was a painting by Yves Klein that vividly reflected the infinite and intangible quest. This is retrospectively interesting in terms of my Foundation’s work and the collection currently under development, which focuses on the practice of exploring the intersection of digital and traditional media, especially painting.

What did you buy recently?

I bought some works in Basel, including great works by Louisa Gagliardi, Koracrit Arnanonchai and Peter Schoolworth.

Which works or artists do you want to add to your collection this year?

Through the lens of digital and innovation, we will continue to focus on emerging artists who challenge history and its artistic heritage. For me, this is a really underdeveloped area, but it is still very relevant to our time. And this year, I’m looking forward to seeing my foundation launched, new residency programs in Alura and Lucastere in southern France, and the works produced by invited artists during the residency process.

I already own the wonderful works of Petra Courtwright and Louisa Gagliardi who are coming this year. I can’t wait to meet and exchange ideas with other residents Kevin Bray, Adam Cruces, Charles Arthur Hubrier, Itta Yoda and Nicholas Lama. Ahmed Mater, Elsa Muller, Timur Si-Qin.

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<p class=Louisa Gagliardi Solar stretch (2018). Sig art collection.

What is the most expensive work of art you own?

I know how much I paid for the work, but I don’t know which one is the most valuable right now.

Where do you buy art most often?

I can buy from galleries, auctions, or individuals. What matters is the quality of the work I offer.

Are there any works that you regret buying?

There are some works that I’m not very interested in, but I’m still very attached to them.

What kind of work is hanging on the sofa?

The works of former residents of our program, Gaspar Wilman and Ben Elliott, are displayed in residences in southern France, but we also have museum-scale works that must be preserved. We are currently looking for a solution to open part of our collection to the public through an institutional partnership.

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<p class=Natacha Donze, Atlas (2020). Sig art collection.

What is the most unrealistic work of art you own?

Got the work of Pipilotti Rist, Cape Cod Chandelier, A large installation that is extremely difficult to store and display at our facility. Ideally, it will be installed in the museum to which it belongs.

What kind of work did you want to buy if you had the opportunity?

Avery singer.

What if you could steal a work of art without getting caught?

Probably Andy Warhol’s Gold Marilyn Monroe From 1962 of the MoMA collection. Hang it every day where you can see it: in the bathroom!

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