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The Art of One's Own Era: Celebrating the Legacy of Donald B. Marron - A Preview


UBS holds one of the world's most important corporate collections of contemporary art with over 30,000 works by some of the most significant artists of our time.

The UBS Art Collection’s upcoming virtual exhibition will highlight works that celebrate the legacy of Donald B. Marron (1934-2019), the financier, philanthropist and enthusiastic collector. As CEO of PaineWebber, which was acquired by UBS in 2000, Marron’s acquisitions formed an integral part of the UBS Art Collection.

Marron was a singular figure in the corporate art landscape during the 1980s and 1990s. His endless zeal, refined eye, and appetite for risk resulted in what came to be known as one of the most distinguished corporate collections ever assembled. The works from the former PaineWebber Collection present a time capsule revealing a “Who’s Who” of artists of the downtown New York art scene. They recall a period when it was possible to have an overview of the art market, a time when the business of collecting contemporary art was as straightforward as regular Saturday afternoon trips to the galleries and artist studios in SoHo. Over the course of more than three decades (and together with a handful of curators he hired to support him), Marron acquired works by major figures from the New York scene, spanning Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art through Conceptual Art, the Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, as well as works by major European artists.


Video image: Sarah Morris, UBS Wall Painting, 2001/2019, household gloss paint on wall, 196.5 x 536 in (499.1 x 1361.4 cm), UBS Art Collection. © Sarah Morris. Photo credit: Tom Powel Imaging

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