How collectors can campaign for a more climate-conscious art market


Many high-profile collectors have a platform and audience and can keep the discussion about climate change going. The TBA21 Academy was born from the TBA21 collection of Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza in Vienna and is a contemporary art organization whose mission is to create awareness for the preservation of the world’s oceans.

For co-founder Markus Reymann, the rise in environmental concerns is encouraging, but remains cautious. “I’m not 100 percent sure these hopes will manifest the way people imagined,” he warned. “We saw what is possible with the strict travel ban and the standstill in industrial production [during the height of the pandemic]but when you look at pollution it was only a tiny decrease in terms of CO2 emissions. ”

Nevertheless, Reymann sees this as an opportunity to continue to campaign for decisive action in matters of art and climate change. “Many people are hopeful that this will be a turning point in our relationship with the environment, the constant level of consumption and the challenges that this extractive mode poses to the planet,” he said.

With environmental protection and sustainability becoming increasingly en vogue, it is vital that collectors remain vigilant in their engagement and commit to making these changes, even if they are sometimes inconvenient. “Environmental awareness shouldn’t just be a trend,” said Sandretto Re Rebuadengo. Building an international collector’s community that is passionate, informed, and vocal is a critical step in making lasting, effective change for the better.


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