Art Perspectives: Collecting with passion and commitment in a changing world


From 19 June 2020


Art Perspectives: Collecting with passion and commitment in a changing worldArt Perspectives: Collecting with passion and commitment in a changing world


Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum’s corporate patron UBS present Art Perspectives, a series of discussions focusing on contemporary art and collecting.

The discussion is the third talk in the Art Perspectives series, developed for Garage’s patrons, select UBS clients, and members of the program Sotheby’s Preferred run by the Museum’s corporate patron, Sotheby’s auction house. This edition in the series will be part of the VIP digital events program during Art Basel's Online Viewing Rooms in June 2020.

The Coronavirus pandemic and its impact on global politics have brought us together in tense and often unprecedented circumstances, confirming art's power to uplift in difficult times. Artists and art professionals are being challenged to rethink the ways they work, and imagine new futures for the sector. Art collectors are now faced with a dramatically changed landscape. Will they find new ways to pursue their passion for and support to the art sector in a frantically expanding digital world?



Dasha Zhukova is the Co-founder of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. She is an entrepreneur and investor whose work is at the intersection of art, architecture, and culture. In 2008, she founded Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, an institution committed to providing access to global culture through a rotating exhibition series and creative content production. Dasha later led the strategy for cultural urbanization behind the establishment of New Holland Island as the preeminent public recreation space of St. Petersburg. Motivated to scale access to contemporary culture, Dasha founded GARAGE magazine in 2011. Since acquired by Vice Media, GARAGE magazine fosters collaborations between established and emerging artists and serves as a mechanism for sparking conversation between art, fashion, current events, and content creation. Dasha is a founder of both Artsy, a digital platform that democratizes the process of buying and selling art, and the Iris Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the understanding and development of contemporary culture throughout the world. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Jewish Museum in Moscow, and the Shed, where she is a founding member.


Mike Steib is the CEO of Artsy, the leading global marketplace for discovering and collecting art. Previously, Mike was the CEO of XO Group Inc (NYSE:XOXO), parent company of The Knot. After developing America’s number one wedding planning app and two-sided local vendor marketplace, XO Group was sold in December of 2018 for $933M, a 350% increase in the company’s equity value over Mike’s five-year tenure. Mike serves on the board of Ally Financial (NYSE:ALLY), a Fortune 500 digital financial services company that helps millions of Americans save, invest, and borrow for their most important purchases, and chairs Ally’s Digital Transformation Committee. He is also the author of The Career Manifesto (Penguin Random House, 2018), a guide for young professionals seeking more purpose and joy in their work, and the co-chair of Literacy Partners, a nonprofit that provides free adult literacy and family support services to underprivileged New Yorkers. Previously, Mike has served in roles at Google, NBC Universal, Vente-Privee USA, Walker Digital, and McKinsey & Company. Mike has received a Crain’s New York 40 Under 40 recognition, Google Great Manager Award, and GE Imagination Breakthrough award. He has appeared on NBC's Today show, CNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox Business, as well as in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, Fast Company, New York Post, AdAge, Parade, and others. He has a 95% CEO approval rating on Glassdoor. Mike received a BA in Economics and a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a named inventor of three patents and played a supporting actor role in the independent film The Mad Ones. He is married to Kemp Steib, the CFO of The Second Shift, a marketplace for highly skilled professional female talent.


Marc Spiegler is the Global Director of Art Basel. In his role, he oversees the global development of the organization across the three shows in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. Spiegler joined Art Basel as Co-Director in 2007, became Director in 2012 and joined the MCH Executive Board in 2020. Over the first six years, Art Basel developed into a truly global platform for leading international galleries to show their programs. In recent years and under the directorship of Marc Spiegler, Art Basel developed further worldwide projects such as the Crowdfunding Initiative and Art Basel Cities. Spiegler also is a visiting professor at the Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management at Università Bocconi in Milan. Before joining Art Basel, Spiegler worked as a journalist for 15 years– writing about the artworld for magazines and newspapers such as The Art Newspaper, Monopol, Art & Auction Magazine, ARTnews Magazine, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and New York Magazine. He studied Political Science and Journalism in the United States and England.


Jan Dalley is the arts editor of the Financial Times, covering all aspects of the arts and the art market in print and online. She joined the paper in 1999 as literary editor. She writes and broadcasts on all aspects of arts and culture. She has judged numerous literary prizes in the past, including the Booker Prize, and this year is a part of the judging panel for the Sovereign Asia Art Prize. A former Council member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, where she launched an annual award for short documentary films, she is currently a Trustee of the Arts Foundation and a director of Sid Motion Gallery.


The collaboration between the Museum, with its new generation of patrons, and UBS, a major collector and supporter of contemporary visual art, aims to develop expertise and shape a community of art collectors. The series of conversations Art Perspectives will cover topics ranging from next generation perspectives on art collecting to the role of new technologies in a fast-changing art world and the importance of sustainable artistic, curatorial, and institutional practices.