“If acquisition is essential, possession doesn’t interest me. That’s probably a lesson learned from Princesse de Brioni, an old Austrian friend of my parents, who used to invite me to concerts she held in her vast candle-lit flat near the Arc de Triomphe. Having left his hat there one evening, my father sent me to collect it. In daylight, the place looked completely different. The curtains were faded by the sun and I noticed patches on the wall where some pictures must have been hanging. Noticing my surprise, the princess explained that she and her husband had no money left and had been forced to sell the paintings they had inherited or collected over many years. We stopped in front of each patch while she described the missing pieces: a Rubens, a Guercino, a Paolino da Pistoia; the list was endless – and far more evocative than seeing the actual pictures would have been. Those vanished paintings remain to be the essence of a collection. One never owns anything…”—Pierre Le-Tan - Holding Company (The World of Interiors, June 2014, p. 148).
“Kazimir Malevich, as an adolescent, “walked the streets late at night, staring at the sky, the moon, and the clouds waiting for the coming of the Messiah, who…appeared floating in the clouds of the dark sky””—Regina Khidekel - Lazar Khidekel: The Trajectory of Suprematism; Between Sky and Earth (2013). [x]