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ABOUT

Circa 1881 produces art programming and exhibitions of world-class contemporary art. Our clients are non-profit institutions and private companies interested in creating unique art experiences for their public spaces. The exhibited artworks are borrowed from Circa 1881’s Lending Library, consisting of inventory from private collections we have under management.  

Our Name

The French government’s decision in 1881 to withdraw support for the Salon de Paris inspired independent artists to found the Société des Artistes Français and begin hosting their own exhibitions. The Société quickly found supportive audiences, unleashing a tidal wave of avant-garde artistic expression catalytic to the rise of Impressionism and, later, Post-Impressionism and Surrealism. Thus, modern art, as we understand it, was born in 1881— as was Pablo Picasso (1881–1973).

Our Mission

Circa 1881 is an initiative by art collectors who maintain the fundamental belief that art should be publicly enjoyed and that collecting has a purpose far greater than that of amassing assets. It is our goal to bring works owned by private collections to wider audiences by liberating them from storage and developing exhibitions in partnership with museums and other public and private institutions.

 
 
 
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Collectors

 

Circa 1881’s develops opportunities for art collectors to share their collecting vision and beloved objects with the public, support installations at non-profit institutions, increase exposure for collected artists and earn fees on loans to our exhibition partners.

Members experience bespoke and efficient collection management services, including art handling, packing, shipping, insurance, storage, installation and documentation services. Circa 1881 provides the utmost care for the safety of all artworks, zealous protection of privacy and assiduous digital record keeping.

In addition, Circa 1881 provides financial consulting services, such as structuring loans for the acquisition of new artworks, leveraging collections to make other strategic investments, as well as, estate and tax planning. Circa 1881 does not provide art advisory services.  

 
 
 
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SERVICES

Circa 1881 produces art experiences, consisting of contemporary art exhibitions and ancillary programming. Our expert team works closely with exhibition partners to curate bespoke strategic art programs centered around their institutional goals and aesthetic visions. All logistics related to planning, transportation, insurance and installation are seamlessly managed by Circa 1881’s exhibition team. Art exhibitions can be periodically refreshed and can range in size from a single artwork to a facility-wide programs. Non-profit institutions can borrow artworks from the lending library at no cost, while other exhibition partners pay annual fees.


 

 
 

 
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LENDING LIBRARY

Circa 1881’s Lending Library is a collection of artworks available for loan from the private collections of our members. Artworks of all media by contemporary masters are available for Circa 1881 to create exciting exhibitions that meet the unique goals and aesthetics of our exhibition partners.

Recent institutional loans from the Lending Library include the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College in Massachusetts, and Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow.

 

 
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PRESS


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Circa 1881 Offers a New Way to Experience Art in Public Spaces

Coda Worx Collaboration of Art and Design, September 14, 2016

THE ART COMMISSION


Highlights from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection at the Peninsula Chicago

Home & Style, From the Robb Report Luxury Newswire, September 20, 2016


Highlights from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection on view at The Peninsula Chicago

Luxury Hospitality Daily, September 28, 2016
DALIA STONIENE CULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS


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Circa 1881's PINK LOTUS Awarded 2016 CODAaward for Hospitality Sector

Coda Worx Collaboration of Art and Design, 2016 CODAawards winners





WHOVILLE, A NEW CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION AT THE PENINSULA CHICAGO

Travel for Sense, September 13, 2016

CHRISTIAN STAN


Circa 1881 And The Peninsula Chicago Present “Whoville”

EAT LOVE SAVOR Luxury Lifestyle Magazine


The Penultimate: A Sight To Be Seen

The Peninsula, June 2012
RUSSELL CHRISTOPHER


Art en Rose

Travel + Leisure Mexico, October 2015


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Real Estate for the 1 Percent, With Art for the Masses

The New York Times - Art & Design, July 7, 2016  
RANDY KENNEDY



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The Best American Airports for Art LoverS

InStyle - Travel + Leisure, July 11, 2015  
CAROLINE HALLEMANN



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Art for Money’s Sake
It’s the Economy

The New York Times Magazine, February 3, 2015  
WILLIAM ALDEN


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The Art Of Pink

The Peninsula, Autumn 2015










Peninsula goes pink in the fight against breast cancer

Luxury Daily, August 20, 2015  
KAY SORIN


 
 
 
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members@c1881.com

110 East 25th Street,
New York, NY 10010

+ 1 212.537.6349