Michael Ringier has been collecting art for over 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 displays some 200 works from his collection in the company’s headquarters in Zurich, and since 1997 has had artists design his company’s annual report in daring ways. The 2014 report was done by Wade Guyton. Perhaps the most provocative annual report was the 2011 one, which Maurizio Cattelan made in the form of a roll of toilet paper.
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