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Help grow the world’s largest digital museum, The Collective Museum of Private Collections.
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Receive a special limited edition Founding Member account on Collecteurs and share your artworks for inclusion in the Digital Museum of the Future. Your name will forever be commemorated as a Founding Member to THANK YOU for your support.

Have one of your artworks published on Collecteurs Magazine with other artists and get entered to be one of 10 artists to be interviewed. What's your amazing story?

Get a Premium Leading Account on Collecteurs for $45/ year instead of $180/ year. That's a 75% discount— forever. 

Have 6 of your artworks published on Collecteurs Magazine with a unique page & URL and get entered to be one of 10 artists to be interviewed. What's your amazing story?

Special Kickstarter Offer: Get a Limited Edition Blockchain Print + Blockchain Digital Artwork by world-renowned artists Broomberg & Chanarin. The works, both titled Spirit is a Bone, 2019 depict the faces of many Russian citizens, including the face of Yekaterina Samutsevich, a member of the Russian feminist collective Pussy Riot, which was created using facial recognition technology. The signed and numbered print edition of 500 (16x20 inches) with a blockchain certificate issued by Verisart will be shipped in July 2019. The digital edition will be delivered in October 2019. Editions 1-200 will be sold for $100, editions 201-400 will be sold for $125 and editions 401-500 will be sold for $150. After the campaign, the remaining works will be sold for $200. Once sold out, the blockchain-enforced minimum resale price for the digital works will be $50, with a percentage of profits going back to the artist from each resale. Your name will also be commemorated as a Founding Member on Collecteurs with a special limited edition account to THANK YOU for your support. With special thanks to Danielle Hitchcock, Guy De Lancey, Krystsina Savutsina, Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Baronova and Xiaofu Wang.

Broomberg & Chanarin \ Spirit is a Bone, 2019 (Blockchain print and blockchain digital artwork limited editions)
Broomberg & Chanarin \ Spirit is a Bone, 2019 (Blockchain print and blockchain digital artwork limited editions)

Your gallery's exhibition is published with its own URL on Collecteurs Magazine. 

 Up to 8 images on the "Exhibitions by our Supporters"  section. We will also select 5 gallery owners or directors to be  interviewed on Collecteurs Magazine. Do you have a story to tell? 

Get to have a delicious lunch with the Collecteurs founders Evrim & Jessica Oralkan in NYC. 

Get a behind the scenes view of Collecteurs and hear about the future plans from the founders. Discuss potential partnerships, collaborations and anything related to art.

Meet with the artist Torbjørn Rødland in his studio at Burbank, California on May 23rd, 2019! Get a tour of his studio and learn about Tørbjorn's artistic practice.

Plus you get to bring a +1!

Torbjørn Rødland (born 1970, Stavanger, Norway) is a Los-Angeles based photographer whose portrait, still life and landscape images captivate the viewers gaze and touch their psyche with their peculiar settings, urging a slight disturbance in their calmness.

His work has been exhibited internationally, including shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland (2019), Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy (2018), Henie-Onstad, Oslo, Norway (2015), Kunsthall Stavanger, Norway (2014), Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan (2010) and Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, United States (2010). 

Art is meant to be seen, experienced, and discussed. However, when a collector acquires a work from a gallery, the first place it goes is: out of sight. While most art is transferred to private homes, many are sent straight to storage facilities where they will likely never leave. 

Most collectors agree that art should remain accessible, however, they lack a way to do it. Even collectors who have dedicated private museums and exhibition spaces have limited reach to international audiences. 

Together as artists, collectors, viewers, curators, historians, and everything in between, we are building Collecteurs: a digital collective museum of private collections. And we want you to join us! With your contribution we can bring these unseen works out of the dark, and back into culture, where they belong! 

Collecteurs is a hybrid museum & media platform for inspiring exhibitions, in-depth reporting and genuine stories. We offer a new approach to journalism that gathers together activist-minded individuals from the art world and beyond. We cover ideas that inspire audiences and promote positive social change. By contributing to our campaign, you become a founding member. That means we will make you a part of our reporting by asking you to provide your knowledge and expertise when we decide to cover a certain subject.

United Against Censorship - Together with Massive Attack, Noam Chomsky, Pussy Riot, Nástio Mosquito, Sigur Rós' Jónsi and Alex Somers in a collaboration initiated by and benefiting The University of the Underground
United Against Censorship - Together with Massive Attack, Noam Chomsky, Pussy Riot, Nástio Mosquito, Sigur Rós' Jónsi and Alex Somers in a collaboration initiated by and benefiting The University of the Underground

Why is this important?

Collecteurs was developed at the New Museum's cultural incubator, New Inc, to address matters of urgency in today’s art world and beyond. Articles by our writers frequently tackle important issues like the corruption of curating, privatization of public institutions, and the lack of transparency in the art market. We partner with organizations like University of the Underground and with artists and thinkers like Massive Attack, Pussy Riot and Noam Chomsky to launch benefit auctions and special editorial reports on subjects like Censorship to create awareness and inspire global audiences to support pluralistic platforms and the right for free education.

Will Silence be Golden When Our Freedoms Are Gone? by Dorian Batycka
Will Silence be Golden When Our Freedoms Are Gone? by Dorian Batycka

As a platform, our collections database allows collectors to showcase their collections and grant curators, and art lovers like you, access to private collections for research, education and exhibition purposes. We provide emerging and established collectors the tools they need to exhibit their collections and allow them to reach global audiences, all without needing the capital to open a private museum. Collecteurs also helps artists get their works presented in context across collections and exhibitions. We started a movement where art contributes to positive social change all over the world.  

Collecteurs 2.0 platform. Built without funds from VC's
Collecteurs 2.0 platform. Built without funds from VC's

Collections from our Collective Museum

Collecteurs is live with over 900 private collections on board with over 6,000 artworks uploaded.  Here are just a few:

About the founders

We are Jessica and Evrim Oralkan, the founders of Collecteurs. We are passionate art collectors who recognized a key need in the art world: a digital platform for collectors to manage and showcase their collections while connecting with each other. With the evolution of our initial idea, we focused all our energy on giving the public access to unseen private collections and to make sure that the art world had a platform that was not controlled by personal interests. We self-funded Collecteurs to keep the influences away, because we believe the majority of the world’s problems are caused due to corporate greed and the maximization of shareholder profit. In 2018, we restructured Collecteurs as an independent public-benefit corporation and joined other socially-conscious brands like Kickstarter and Patagonia to ensure that the public’s benefit is always the priority for the company.

 What will your contribution support?  

- OUTREACH: We'll be able to grow our community and bring important private collections onto Collecteurs by creating a task force.

- RADICAL EXHIBITIONS: We'll be able to transform Collecteurs into a unique museum & media hybrid by collaborating with more academically-established and emerging curators in order to generate discussions around challenging subjects and create radical online exhibitions. 

-INTEGRATE BLOCKCHAIN: We'll be able to establish blockchain technology on Collecteurs to create transparency and eliminate fakes in the art market. 

Press

Read a Q&A with our founders, Evrim & Jessica, in the Observer.


Timeline

Recent Partnerships

Artists We Have Collaborated With

Torbjørn Rødland, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Jonathan Monk, Thomas Wachholz, Anne Neukamp, Guo Hongwei, David Renggli, Peles Empire, Jana Schröder and Max Frintrop

Why Kickstarter? 

We established Collecteurs as a public benefit corporation (PBC) to place our commitment to benefit the public above all else. After several years of investing in and building Collecteurs ourselves, we felt it was the right time to start a crowdfunding campaign to ask the public to support us, as our mission directly benefits them. As a PBC themselves, Kickstarter was the natural choice for us to turn to.

A BIG THANK YOU!

Thank you for reading all the way to the end. We hope that you’re just as excited about Collecteurs as we are, and that you’ll join our adventure in creating a world where people have access to the art that changes lives. We love what we’ve made, and we’re honored to share it with the Kickstarter community. For more information, check out Collecteurs or join us on social media.

Risks and challenges

We will rely on a positive press coverage of our mission to attract private collectors. We will also invest in expanding the public's positive perception of the art world. There could be collectors who may not be interested in sharing their collection with the public due to privacy concerns. In such a case, we will take the route of utilizing dedicated specialists to engage them directly by offering in-depth coverage of their collections through activations. We would also need to generate powerful narratives to convince them through major media outlets. Either way, our goal will be to create a new breed of collector; the socially-conscious collector. We are determined.

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    Take a stand against censorship

    Contribute as little as the cost of a cup of coffee to support Collecteurs in its stand against censorship in the art world. We'll say a huge THANK YOU for your support in our mission in keeping these artworks visible.

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    Become a Founding Member of Collecteurs

    Receive a special limited edition Founding Member account on Collecteurs and share your artworks in the Digital Museum of the Future. Your name will forever be commemorated as a Founding Member to THANK YOU for your support.

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    NEW! Instagram Shoutout

    You're supporting us and we appreciate you. You'll receive a personalized shout out on Instagram as a thank you.

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    Get published in Collecteurs Magazine

    One of your artworks will be published in Collecteurs Magazine's "Artworks by our Supporters" section and you'll also be entered for a chance to be one of 10 artists selected to be interviewed in Collecteurs Magazine. What's your amazing story?

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    An artwork featured on Instagram Stories

    An artwork of yours featured on Collecteurs Instagram stories & linked to your account. Great way to get your art in front of over 300,000 art lovers.

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    Premium Collecteurs Account - 75% Off

    Get a Premium Leading Account on Collecteurs for $45/ year instead of $180/ year. That's a 75% discount— forever. Lock in this price for a Premium account while it lasts!

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    6 works published on your own page & url

    Get 6 of your artworks published in Collecteurs Magazine on your own unique page & URL in our "Artworks by our Supporters" section. You'll also be entered for a chance to be one of 10 artists selected to be interviewed in Collecteurs Magazine. What's your amazing story?

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    Broomberg & Chanarin Artwork -Blockchain

    Limited Edition Blockchain Print + Blockchain Digital Artwork by world-renowned artists Broomberg & Chanarin. The works, both titled Spirit is a Bone, 2019 depict the faces of many Russian citizens, including the face of Yekaterina Samutsevich, a member of the Russian feminist collective Pussy Riot, which was created using facial recognition technology. The signed and numbered print edition of 500 (16x20 in) will be shipped in July 2019. The digital edition will be delivered in October 2019. Editions 1-200 will be sold for $100, editions 201-400 will be sold for $125 and editions 401-500 will be sold for $150. After the campaign, the remaining works will be sold for $200. Once sold out, the blockchain-enforced minimum resale price for the digital works will be $50, with a percentage of profits going back to the artist from each resale. Your name will also be commemorated as a Founding Member on Collecteurs with a special limited edition account to THANK YOU for your support.

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    Get Your Gallery's Exhibition Published

    One of your gallery's exhibitions is published in Collecteurs Magazine on its own URL in our "Exhibitions by our Supporters" section. Select up to 8 images for us to feature and you'll also be entered for a chance to be one of 5 gallery owners or directors selected to be interviewed in Collecteurs Magazine. What's your unique story?

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    Lunch with Collecteurs founders in NYC

    Get to have a delicious lunch with the Collecteurs founders Evrim & Jessica Oralkan in NYC. Get a behind the scenes view of Collecteurs and hear about the future plans from the founders. Discuss potential partnerships, collaborations and anything related to art.

    (Lunch for up to 2 people) Plus become a founding member with your name commemorated on Collecteurs. 1-year premium Collecteurs account (annual value $180) is included.

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    Studio Visit With Torbjørn Rødland

    Meet with artist Torbjørn Rødland in his studio at Burbank, California. Get a tour of his studio and learn about Tørbjorn's artistic practice.

    Date: May 23rd, 2019
    Time: 1pm (Pacific Daylight Time)
    Location: Burbank, California (exact location will be provided after the project is funded)
    Duration: 60 min.
    Note: Transportation to the studio is not included. Backers can bring +1.

    Plus become a founding member with your name commemorated on Collecteurs. 1-year premium Collecteurs account (annual value $180) is included.

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Funding period

- (40 days)