Ibiza, Spain; Montreal
Creative ventures (Groupe Lune Rouge)
Guy Laliberté is as exuberant in his business dealings—he cofounded Cirque du Soleil—as he is in managing his art collection, which includes prime examples of work by Takashi Murakami, Sarah Lucas, Ugo Rondinone, and others. One of the latest maximalist pieces to enter his collection is a seven-and-a-half-foot-tall tire covered in chains by Arthur Jafa from his “Big Wheel” series, shown at the 2019 Venice Biennale, where Jafa won the Golden Lion. Another recent Laliberté acquisition is an abstract painting by Julie Mehretu, one of the highest-priced living female artists. (Her work has earned as much as $4.6 million at auction.)
Many of the works in the collection reside on a massive property—the 64-acre Can Soleil, purchased from Mick Flick—in the quiet part of the party island Ibiza. In 2015 he founded a gallery, Lune Rouge, also on Ibiza, to display some of his works to the public. Its inaugural show featured gigantic sculptures and flashy paintings by Takashi Murakami, complete with a fete at the Heart Ibiza, his newly christened Cirque du Soleil–themed club, which included dancers running around doing flips and dancing.
When asked to name the most sentimental piece in his collection, Laliberté readily answered Keith Haring’s Untitled (1984). The work that gave him the most trouble? A site-specific commission in Ibiza by Jenny Holzer, which places the artist’s well-known text-based work in the island’s natural environment. “We literally had to move boulders, cut down a few trees and make pathways; we reorganized the landscape to make the work blend seamlessly in its surroundings,” he told ARTnews.