Christine and Andrew Hall
Palm Beach, Florida
Christine and Andrew Hall founded the Hall Art Foundation in 2007 with the stated goal of making postwar and contemporary artworks from their own collection accessible to the public. The foundation operates a space on a former dairy farm in Vermont and additionally has ongoing exhibition partnerships with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, in North Adams, Massachusetts, and the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in Oxford, England. It also runs a branch in Derneburg, Germany, housed in a 1,000-year-old former castle.
Their collection consists of over 5,000 works, among them pieces by Richard Artschwager, Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Olafur Eliasson, Eric Fischl, A. R. Penck, Julian Schnabel, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, and Franz West. In 2005, they bought the German painter Georg Baselitz’s personal collection of about 120 artworks that he had acquired over the years from his contemporaries.
A year later, they bought the 1,000-year-old castle Schloss Derneburg, the estate where Baselitz lived and painted for 30 years. Before renovations were completed, though, The Bundestag and Bundesrat passed a restrictive cultural heritage law that banned the export of artworks more than 50 years old and valued at over €150,000 outside the EU, and inside the EU of works over 75 years old and worth more than €300,000. Fearing their collection would never tour outside Europeans borders if they stayed, the Halls hauled their trove – 5,000 works in their private collection alone – outwards and onwards, to exhibit now across two continents.