Ethics of Collecting

What is the code of conduct and ethics of collecting in contemporary art? What are its basic premises and why is it necessary? Patronage? New philanthropy?

If we understand art as a sector of public interest, the collector is not an isolated actor in the art ecosystem, is part of a complex relational gear that is not always verified in the ethics of its practices, as are other public sectors, such as education or health. How to verify these relationships between actors, to develop healthy dynamics of long-term collaboration?

Friday, October 28
5:30 p. m. - 6:30 p. m. 
Corferias (Avenida La Esperanza with Carrera 39)
Free admission


Benedicta Badia (Argentina and Estados Unidos)

Art advocate and avid art collector who has developed a personal collecting method that she uses as an excuse to understand cultural production’s role in transforming collective thought. Her studies in Human and Social Sciences, Museum Studies, training in creative processes, group dynamics, self awareness and multi-sensory approach guide her as she engages with contemporary art professionals that challenge political and socio-economic status quo, stereotypes, privilege, gender roles and aesthetics givens. She has lived in Puerto Rico, Mexico and United States.

María Wills

Curator and art historian. Director of the Arts and Other Collections Unit of the Banco de la República.

Piergiorgio Pepe

Collector. President of Quantum Ethics. One of the drafters of the A Code of Conduct for Contemporary Art Collectors.

Manuel Segade

Director of Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo (CA2M).

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