With its new exhibition, "Wish List of a Young Collector," the Yvon Lambert Gallery is striking out in a new direction: instead of working with a traditional curator, they decided to entrust the job to a young collector named Carl Ganem.
According to Séverine Waelchli, senior director of the gallery, Ganem has been a regular fixture at the gallery for 5 years, where he met and became friends with gallery owner Yvon Lambert. He was also extremely interested in the art market and the workings of the gallery, according to Waelchli. "When he expressed a wish to dig into our holdings and present his ideal collection, we were totally into the idea," Waelchli said.
Ganem took pleasure in bringing together works by both young and established artists, like Stefan Brüggemann, Nan Goldin, Loris Gréaud, Jenny Holzer, Jonathan Monk, Hans Nahmut, and Andy Warhol. In the first room, he decided to reproduce the shelves of one of the gallery storerooms, presenting small works along with monographs and artists' catalogues that can be consulted. However, Waelchli said, “The exhibition also includes large, daring installations that would be hard for an individual to acquire because they are quite institutional and museum-like.”
The resulting show presents a deeply personal view of Ganem's insterests. "This selection reveals a facet of the collector’s personality," Waelchli said. "His approach and his relationship to the work are very different from what is usually found in a museum or gallery because they’re just based on what he likes." Early reactions have been encouraging. Captivated by this original idea, many collectors have already asked the gallery if the experiment will be repeated.