From the beginning founders and supporters of Artforum Culture Foundation started an art collection of remarkable Greek artists, especially also those, who developed their career abroad. Italy, Germany, France and USA where the places where many Greek artists had to go for political reasons. In Rome, Berlin, Paris or New York they could form their individual style. They were involved in the art scene and influenced other artists as well. Their cultural contribution has not yet been sufficiently appreciated. Art mediators such as Christian Zervos, Teriade or art consultant, galleries and collector Alexander Ioalas played a decisive role in shaping European and American art history.
Today within our private collections, which are also open for public purposes, we hold nearly all important Greek artists of the late 19th til the end of the 20th century, a.o.: Nikolaos Gyzis, Georgios Jakobides, Nikophoros Lytras, Symeon Sabbides, Georgios Bouzianis, Dimitris Mytaras, Konstantin Parthenis, Konstantin Maleas, Odysseas Fokas, Jannis Tsarouchis, Jannis Moralis, Nikos Hadhikyriakos-Ghikas, Spyros Papaloukas, Giorgio de Chirico, Fotis Kontoglou, Theodoros Stamos, Alekos Fassianos, Diamantis Diamantopoulos, Nikos Engonopoulos, Giannis Gaitis, Panayiotis Tetsis, Jiannis Spyropoulos, Mario Prassinos, Christos Karas, Pavlos, Theodoros, Alexis Akrithakis, Jannis Kounellis, Jannis Bardis, Angelos, Dimitris Geros, Konstantinos Fazos and others with more than 500 artworks.
Within the focus of Artforum collection are as well works by international recognized and emerging artists like Marc Tobey, Le Corbusier, Frans Masereel, Pablo Picasso, Miró, Kurt Schwitters, Oskar Kokoschka, Arno Bremer, James Lee Byars, Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, A.R. Penck, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Allen Jones, Heinz Zolper, Michael Jansen, Joe Brockerhoff, AP Astra, Peter Merten, B Good, Helmut Newton, Jörg Immendorf, Markus Lüppertz, Leon Fontana, Mel Ramos, HA Schult, Gerhard Richter, Jürgen Klauke, Herman de Vries, Heinz-Günter Mebusch, John C.B. Moore, Vera Isler, George DuBose – and works by other artists from many European countries and from Russia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Turkey, UAE, African countries and South- and Middle America.
Our declared conviction is the need of collecting art and networking artists and cultural projects for a better awareness and understanding of social and cultural life. To reach this aim Artforum Collection is supported a.o. by pac, private art collectors.