About Us

Placing Private Museums at the Heart of the Contemporary Art World

The GPMN is an exclusive network of Private Museum stakeholders who share common goals and interests. Members gather annually for Summits and Conferences. Membership is invitation only, and new applicants are screened by regional admissions boards composed of member institutions. The aim of the Global Private Museum Network is to support practically owners of museums by introducing them to their global peers and to new artistic destinations, allowing all participants to share expertise and knowledge, to explore how private museums can share resources.

Private museums are now an established, and increasingly important part of the art world, yet there was no opportunity for museum owners, from Europe, Middle East, North America, Africa and Asia, to gather together to discuss opportunities and challenges, or even to share exhibitions.

Launched at Art Basel Hong Kong (then Art HK) over ten years ago, the Global Private Museum Network was welcomed as ‘refreshingly different’ by the Financial Times, not least for its attempt to include museums from Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, as much as from Europe and the US. Since 2016, Deborah Najar, has succeeded founder Philip Dodd as Director, and has hosted the 2017 Summit in the UAE. 2018 will bring the members to Torino for an exciting 3 day visit and closed door Summit.

The founding members of the Global Private Museum Network are:

  • Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
  • Artur Walther, Walther Collection, New York
  • Li Bing, Beijing He Jing Yuan Art Museum, Beijing
  • Dr Oei Hong Djien, OHD Museum, Indonesia
  • Budi Tek, Yuz Museum, Shanghai
  • Desire Feuerle, Feuerle Museum, Berlin
  • Wang Wei, Long Museum, Shanghai
  • Thomas Olbricht, Me Collectors Room Berlin
  • Mera Rubell, Rubell Family Collection, Miami