The ARNDT Collection From One World to Another

The ARNDT Collection: From One World to Another

11 November 2023 – 11 March 2024

Presenting over 40 artworks from renowned international and Australian artists, The ARNDT Collection: From One World to Another is a major exhibition that celebrates the pursuit of art collecting through a selection of treasures from the extensive private collection of Matthias Arndt and Tiffany Wood. 

Featuring works from significant international artists, including UK sensation Gilbert & George, German-born Joseph Beuys and Spanish master Pablo Picasso, alongside contemporary Australian artists, including Del Kathryn Barton, David Noonan and Ben Quilty,  this exhibition sheds light on the personal passion of collecting - one that often transforms into a lifelong captivation. This exciting exhibition marks the first major presentation of The ARNDT Collection in a public institution in Australia.

Artists and Designers:

Del Kathryn Barton, Joseph Beuys, Kwesi Botchway, Sophie Calle, Joe Colombo, Lippo d’Andrea, Johnson Eziefula, Rainer Fetting, Zaachariaha Fielding, Gilbert & George, Thomas Hirschhorn, Jitish Kallat, Alicja Kwade, Tahnee Lonsdale, Heinz Mack, David Noonan, Pablo Picasso, Sigmar Polke, Ben Quilty, Julian Rosefeldt, Gareth Sansom, Rodel Tapaya, Zandile Tshabalala, Xiyao Wang, Ambera Wellmann, Franz West.

The ARNDT Collection: From One World to Another, installation view, Shepparton Art Museum, 2023. Photo: Leon Schoots.

The ARNDT Collection: From One World to Another - Video Catalogue

For our major exhibition The ARNDT Collection: From One World to Another, SAM Head of Exhibitions and Collections Jessica O’Farrell visited collector Matthias Arndt at his Cape Schanck home to understand the story behind the expansive collection that Matthias and wife Tiffany have been building over the past decade, and the passion that saw them evolve from art lovers to custodians of a significant art collection.

Matthias Tiffany The Artbarn, courtesy of Arndt Collection.

The ARNDT Collection:

Matthias Arndt is a distinguished figure in the world of contemporary art, renowned as an art expert, artist agent, and a globetrotter within the dynamic art industry. With his wife Tiffany, he founded Arndt Art Agency after running his successful art business with galleries in Berlin, Zurich, New York, Beijing, and Singapore for over two decades.

Throughout his career, Arndt has closely collaborated with prominent figures within the art realm, including artists, art collectors, dealers, foundations, and public institutions. He serves as a member of the Asia Pacific Acquisition Committee of TATE and as a Trustee of Board of the Foundation of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Together with Tiffany Wood-Arndt, Matthias runs a family art foundation supporting emerging artists and art institutions with acquisitions of contemporary art around the globe.

Whilst maintaining homes in Berlin and Athens, the Arndt Family resides in Cape Schanck on the Mornington Peninsula, where they built their private artspace, dedicated to showcasing parts of the Arndt Collection.

About the curator:

Rachael Vance is an Australian director, writer, and curator with over twenty years’ experience working within contemporary art in Australia and Europe. She has worked across the public and private arts sector within art museums and commercial art galleries, in addition to producing independent curatorial and writing projects. 

Currently, Vance is the Director and Curator of Programming of the ARNDT Collection following her role as Director at Arndt Art Agency, Berlin.

Rachael Vance, Photo: Christian Vance

Curator: Rachael Vance, Director and Curator of Programming of the ARNDT Collection

Location: People’s Gallery, Level 2


Featured image: Gilbert & George, Union Dance (detail), 2008, JACK FREAK PICTURES. Courtesy ARNDT Collection. © Gilbert & George.