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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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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