• "The Global Private Museum Network is a very interesting project that creates a network between European private museums and private museums from other parts of the world, in particular from the Middle East and China. This project has a great potential."
    Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Founder of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
  • "The Global Private Museum Network is a great initiative and is launching at the right time when museums like mine want to make connections with private and public museums around the world. I look forward to being part of this very interesting enterprise."
    Wang Wei, Founder of Long Museum Pudong and Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai

New museum members

The network is open to owners of private museums of contemporary art and interested owners should contact Deborah Najar. She is delighted to respond to all enquiries.



The network hosts summits in various major cities of the world, as well as providing services, including this website, for members. Potential sponsors of the summit or the network should contact Deborah Najar.


The next summit will be held in the United Arab Emirates in 2017.





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From global private museum summit to global private museum network

Ten years ago at Art HK, Philip Dodd launched a Private Museum Summit which brought together more than 30 owners of private museums of contemporary art from Asia (China, Philippines, Korea, Indonesia etc).

Three years ago he moved the event to London to coincide with Art 13 (as it was then) and re-configured the event as a Global Private Museum Summit, with owners from Mexico and China, Germany and Dubai, US and Indonesia. Participants have included Artur Walther, Wang Wei, Dai Zhikang, Gina Diez Barroso, Oei Hong Djien, Harald Falckenberg, Dakis Joannou, Ramin Salsali, Can and Canda Elgiz and Don and Mera Rubell.

The Global Private Museum Summit has generated a large amount of media and other coverage, and led to a conference in Shanghai on the subject where Philip Dodd was asked to speak in front of around 200 private museum owners in China. The summit has generated sponsorship from various supporters, including Deutsche Bank, Vertu, CitiBank and GS4.

For the purposes of the network, a ‘private museum’ is defined as a contemporary art museum owned by an individual, family or corporation that receives no or little public funding, makes its collection physically available to the public on an ongoing basis and/or regularly stages curated exhibitions of contemporary art. The network is open to the owners of such museums and as befits a private initiative will have entrepreneurial ambitions.


The Global Private Museum Network has been founded to support and network private museums of contemporary art (as defined above), both with each other and with other relevant institutions and agencies, including the bodies that represent major public museums in the west. The network will respond to the developing needs of its members which may involve brokering relationships with major public museums, fundraising, touring exhibitions, growing the audience at members’ museums, sharing curatorial and other expertise. The long term ambition is to place private museums at the heart of the contemporary art world and to secure for its members recognition of their key role in not simply showcasing but defining what counts as the art of our time.


Philip Dodd is the founder of the Global Private Museum Network, Chairman of Made in China UK Ltd and an award winning BBC broadcaster. He has curated many exhibitions of artists and architects ranging from Zaha Hadid to Damien Hirst, from Sean Scully to Wang Chuan, in London, Moscow, New York, Beijing and Singapore. He was the advisor on the award-winning UK Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo, has been Director of London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts and is the author and editor of numerous books on art, film,and literature.

Deborah Najar is the Director of the Global Private Museum Network, organiser of the Global Private Museum Summit.  Bringing together the world’s leading Private Museums, the GPMN’s closed door summits are the only point of reunion for like-minded museum stakeholders worldwide.  Deborah is also a Director of JPNF, a contemporary art private museum in Dubai UAE, and sits on the board of the Gstaad New Year Music Festival.

Enrica Costamagna is manager of the Global Private Museum Network and Director of Made in China UK Ltd. She has worked in galleries in both London and Berlin, project managed the recent Sean Scully retrospective in Beijing and Shanghai and worked on many cultural projects between China and Europe. She speaks five languages fluently including Mandarin.

Wafa Jadallah is the coordinator of the Global Private Museum Network. She holds a Masters degree in Modern and Contemporary Art from Christie’s Education in New York. Wafa has held several positions in the nonprofit arts sector including ArteEast in New York and Sharjah Art Foundation as Head of Public and Education Programming. She is currently Associate Director at JPNF in Dubai, UAE.

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