Anne and Wolfgang Titze
The Austrian-French collecting duo Anne and Wolfgang Titze exhibited their extensive collection of conceptual and Minimalist art at the Belvedere Winter Palace in Vienna in 2014 under the name “Love Story: The Anne and Wolfgang Titze Collection.” The exhibition, housed in Prince Eugene of Savoy’s former residence, included works by such artists as Anselm Kiefer, Sol LeWitt, and Rachel Whiteread, Marina Abramovic, David Altmejd, Carl Andre, Matthew Barney, Georg Baselitz, Valérie Belin, Larry Bell, Matthew Brannon, John Chamberlain, Nigel Cooke, Richard Deacon, Thomas Demand.
Despite that very public declaration of their feelings, however, the Titzes have otherwise been known to be very private. They count notable Minimal artworks in their collection, among them American minimalist Dan Flavin’s first work using neon tubes, a felt piece by American sculptor, conceptual artist and theorist Robert Morris, and mounted wall objects by Donald Judd. European contemporaries such as Piero Manzoni, Danish-Icelandic sculptor Olafur Eliasson, British conceptual artist Sarah Lucas, and Arte Povera visionary Giulio Paolini are also counted beside pioneers of German post-war art such as Gerhard Richter and Georg Baselitz. American artists in their sprawling collection include Sterling Ruby, Kelley Walker, Seth Price, and Christopher Wool. According to German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, the couple met at a hotel in Palermo while Anne was producing a segment on the Sicilian mafia for the TV news show 60 Minutes. Wolfgang tried to make a first impression by playing a Mozart piano sonata.