Private collection

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A private collection is a private collection , mostly of cultural goods, which is not made up of public funds . Often the term refers to a collection of works of art , in contrast to the collection of an art museum .

Private collections play an important role in many areas: private individuals collect paintings, decorative arts products / design objects, carpets, postage stamps, coins, books, manuscripts and fragments of manuscripts, toys, automobiles, technical devices and many other objects. Large state museums, mostly founded in the 19th century, owe important holdings to private collections that they received or bought as gifts.

Art collections

Sylvestre : The collector
Engraving by Daniel Chodowiecki , 1781


In Germany, the well-known private collections in the field of fine arts whose holdings are on public display include:









  • The entrepreneur Grażyna Kulczyk is considered to be the greatest collector of modern art.



United Kingdom

Are known above all

United States

Private collections or museums that have emerged from such collections include:

Technology collections

Companies build their own museums, often initially as collections of reference objects from their own production. Well-known examples are:

See also


  • Gerda Ridler: Collected privately - presented to the public. About a new museum trend in art collections. transcript Verlag, Bielefeld 2012, ISBN 978-3-8376-2227-0
  • Skadi Heckmüller: private access - private art collections in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Distance Verlag, Berlin 2011, ISBN 978-3-942405-08-9

Web links

Commons : Private collections  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Wiktionary: Kunstsammler  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations
Wiktionary: private collection  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. The fruits of 30 years of collecting. In: Courier. September 13, 2013.