‘When you’re married for a long time, it’s very good to have something you like to do together,” Genny Nissenbaum told ARTnews in 2014. The successful psychoanalyst should know—she and husband, Selmo, have been together since they were teens. Now in their 50s, the two have found a common interest in collecting the work of international and Brazilian contemporary artists, including Anish Kapoor, Fred Sandback, Sol LeWitt, José Bechara, Adriana Varejão, Os Gemeos, and Vik Muniz. In addition, Genny is on the board of trustees at the Dia Art Foundation, and Selmo is helping the Museu de Arte do Rio to build its collection of Judaica. And as a psychoanalyst, Genny shares their art with her clients, too, believing that art can help open up the mind.

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Genny and Selmo Nissenbaum

Rio de Janeiro

Source of wealth:
Investments and real estate

Collecting area:
Minimalist art; Brazilian art

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Fun fact:

The Nissenbaums commissioned a piece by José Bechara for the garden of their island retreat off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. The work, titled Ok, Ok Let’s Talk, consists of 26 colliding tables that trap two chairs, rendering them impossible to sit in. The artist has explained that the piece is a commentary on how hard it is to find someone to talk to.