Collecting from a visceral sense of energy that fizzes with voodoo colour and controversy, Nielsen’s approach gives art an accessible edge where assaulted senses thrill the viewer. But where is the head and heart in these acquisitions? Looking at the pieces by Baselitz and Richter (amongst others) there is a depth of feeling in the works that alludes to progressive social or historical triggers. A wild need perhaps driven by a wider cause? Writing to Trebuchet Martin Nielsen discusses what fires his imagination.
“It all started very basic, when I got a new house and I needed some “decoration” on the walls… But today I collect art because I want to understand the world and myself better. My favorite quote is “Art should comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable!”
Art forces me to see and think differently. I love it when art can set things in a new perspective. All my life I have been a collector and though I discovered art late in my life when art came to me it gave me a powerful boost. Today many of my relations and connections come from the art world.
My first piece was from the Danish artist Erik Bille Christiansen. I learned a lot from Erik, especially about how and what to look for in original works. My favorite work is from Michael Sailstorfer. A popcorn machine that brings the spectator way back in time, to when she or he was 6 years old, and visiting Tivoli or a circus for the first time with the parents, and there was this wonderful smell of popcorn.
I’m very active getting information about art from around the world. Right now due to Covid-19, I work mainly online with the galleries, exhibitions and Museums to get all relevant information. Normally I travel as much as I can to see Art live. For more than three years I have been following the South African artist Chris Soal and I have been in constant contact with his Gallery Montoro12 in Rome. However I was not able to “catch” the right work. Then two weeks ago I bought an important work from Chris. It makes me so happy and it proves that persistence pays off.
I am proud of many of my works, but probably my work of Georg Baselitz. It took six or seven months to settle the agreement and I only managed to buy that work with tremendous help from Philipp Haverkampf (formerly CFA, now Haverkampf gallery Berlin)
What artist are you looking at now?
Chris Soal, Faig Ahmed, Michael Sailstorfer, Andrew Orloski, Friedrich Kunath, Gregor Hildebrandt, Haegue Yang, Adam Parker Smith
…and if money was no object ?
George Baselitz, Daniel Richter and Hargue Yang- in that order!
Finally, who is your most important art ally and why?
Georges Armaos from Gagosian Gallery. A very good friend; honest, super sharp, well-connected.
Thank you Martin Nielsen
Main image: Georg Baselitz, Meine gelbe periode I, 1997
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. – Aristotle