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The Art of Collecting Moving Image Art

In Conversation with Collector Pamela Kramlich

There’s no question there’s an art to collecting. To be a pioneer of collecting such a new, innovative, constantly evolving media as time based art, or moving image art, takes even more discernment. The Kramlich Collection is recognised as one of the most significant and pioneering collections of media art in the world. With over 200 film, video and media installation works, the Collection offers a unique survey of the importance of the moving image and audio-visual media over the last fifty years.

Pamela and Richard Kramlich established themselves as early collectors of artists central to the field of media art and its ongoing development. In November 1997, the Kramlichs engaged the Swiss architects Herzog and De Meuron to design a residence in Napa Valley as both a home and a collection. A network of underground and light filled spaces, the unprecedented design advances the presentation of media art, establishing an intimate architectural dialogue between their collection and the way they live.

Dara Birnbaum, Tiananmen Square: Break-In Transmission ©1992, Collection of Pamela and C. Richard Kramlich.

In partnership with Fondation Beyeler, hear from collector Pamela Kramlich in conversation with Chief Curator, Fondation Beyeler Theodora Vischer, where she shares her journey that started over 30 years ago.

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As moving image art enters a new era of heightened relevance, consistently reflecting our shared experiences, one of the main inspirations for the Dream Commission, so we look back to the humble origins of the medium to see how it has evolved from experimental novelty to a futuristic mainstay of contemporary art.

A Brief History Of Moving Image Art: Part I

As moving image art enters a new era of heightened relevance, consistently reflecting our shared experiences, one of the main inspirations for the Dream Commission, so we look back to the humble origins of the medium to see how it has evolved from experimental novelty to a futuristic mainstay of contemporary art.

By the time of the Millennium, moving image art had infiltrated the art world. Artists like Pipilotti Rist and Bill Viola were becoming household names, Rist’s lavish large-scale installations and Viola’s theatrical ‘total environments’ had proven how moving image art works could create transfixing experiences that could extend beyond the screen.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF MOVING IMAGE ART: PART II

By the time of the Millennium, moving image art had infiltrated the art world. Artists like Pipilotti Rist and Bill Viola were becoming household names, Rist’s lavish large-scale installations and Viola’s theatrical ‘total environments’ had proven how moving image art works could create transfixing experiences that could extend beyond the screen.

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We explore the innovative work of the dream commission winner, who has gained critical acclaim for arresting visual displays that harness digital technology to explore themes including identity, memory, and longing.