Anita Zabludowicz in front of Stranger #26, 2006, by Glenn Ligon.

If it’s boring, if it’s old, or if anyone else is interested in it, it’s not for Anita and Poju Zabludowicz. They have built their reputation on building other reputations for young artists, many directly out of school, who were unknown—at least not until the Zabludowiczes got to them. By purchasing major works, commissioning pieces, providing residencies at their art compound on an island in Finland, and mounting solo exhibitions at their own museum in London, the Zabludowiczes don’t just collect art—they make artists. As Anita told the Evening Standard, “The idea is that you want to collect an artist till the day you die…You want not just to acquire them but to get to know them. They become part of my ‘art family.’ I watch them grow.”

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Anita and Poju Zabludowicz


Source of wealth:
Technology and real estate

Collecting area:
Contemporary art

Top 200 appearance:
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Fun fact:

The American artist Matthew Day Jackson created a bunker on the Zabludowiczes’ island retreat that houses a bronze cast skeleton in a glass coffin. “He presented us the drawing, and that was it; we commissioned him to do it,” Anita told W magazine. The skeleton’s form was molded from trees and branches found on the island, and the head was cast from a model of the artist’s own.