Messenger Art believe that a collection, irrespective of size, monetary value or focus, should provide personal pleasure and reflect individual aesthetic tastes.
We build corporate collections to reflect brand vision and company objectives.
A collection should enrich a client’s home or business environment, becoming an important asset to be managed and valued accordingly.
Director Jane Messenger’s institutional curatorial experience, which includes sabbaticals at TATE and the British Museum, enables her to work with clients, interpreting their vision and articulating it within a meaningful collection.
“Once Upon a Time, one of the largest and most comprehensive exhibitions of Patricia Piccinini’s work to ever by staged.”
- Fiona Mackrell, ArtsHub, 20 April 2011
We ensure our clients make informed decisions through access to our in-depth (primary and secondary) market knowledge and analysis, negotiating skills and networks.
We mitigate against risk and/or costly errors by undertaking rigorous due diligence, including market analysis, provenance research, statements of significance and condition reports.
Our goal is to ensure our clients make educated decisions, enhancing the long-term value and integrity of their collection.
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“Art Gallery of South Australia’s Pissarro purchase ‘a masterstroke’… a spectacular impressionist landscape set to become the most expensive acquisition in the Adelaide gallery’s history… very clever indeed.”
- Michaela Boland, The Australian 24 January 2014
Messenger Art supports all levels of art buying – from those with existing collections to new collectors looking to start one. We work with private and corporate collections in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and around Australia.
We work with the personal aesthetic, intent and budget of each client.
We advise on acquisitions from the primary and secondary art markets, and manage the associated logistics.
We work with artists and their galleries to commission site-specific art installations.
“…curator Jane Messenger [has] turned the old order on its head… [combining] Old Masters and antiquities with the most confronting examples of international contemporary art. The activist approach extends to the walls themselves… Once seen, the new hang of the Melrose Wing is sufficiently diverting to encourage repeat visitation.”
- John McDonald Sydney Morning Herald 22 February 2013
We curate the display of our clients' collections, ensuring each work is seen to best advantage.
As Curator of European and North American Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Jane developed a unique curatorial style that explored the alchemy created with objects from across time and cultures were juxtaposed.