Michael Ringier has been collecting art for more than 30 years. He started with Russian Constructivism and went on to amass one of the most important collections of contemporary art in the world, numbering around 2,000 works, with the help of curator Beatrix Ruf. He and his wife, Ellen, keep art in their villa in Zurich, but Ringier has also incorporated his collection into his role as chief of the Ringier publishing empire—his family has long owned a printing business in Switzerland—which puts out such publications as the magazine Monopol and runs the art-publishing subsidiary JRP Ringier (which regularly partners with museums and private art institutions on publications). He has displayed some 200 works from his collection in the company’s headquarters in Zurich, and since 1997, artists have designed his company’s annual report in daring ways. A report in 2014 report was devised by Wade Guyton, and another, in 2011, was the creation of Maurizio Cattelan—who presented it in the form of a roll of toilet paper.

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Ellen and Michael Ringier


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Contemporary art; Russian avant-garde art

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Michael Ringier cofounded a program called Pool with curator Beatrix Ruf and collector Maja Hoffmann that mentors emerging curators and allows them to borrow works from collections that are part of the initiative.