Philippe Méaille

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Philippe Méaille
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Philippe Méaille in 2017
Philippe Méaille

(1973-04-27) 27 April 1973 (age 46)
Alma materParis Descartes University
OccupationPresident of Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary Art

Philippe Méaille (born 27 April 1973) is a French author and art collector, and the founder and president of the Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary Art.[1][2] Currently, Méaille owns the world's largest collection of Art & Language works.[3]


After graduating from the Lycée Vauban in Pontoise, Méaille was admitted to Paris Descartes University where he studied Pharmacy. Méaille began his art collection when he arrived in Paris as a student.

In 1994, Méaille began to build connections with Art & Language artists, including gallerist Eric Fabre.[4] Méaille acquired a large number of works from the Swiss Rothschild Bank in 1996; these works had been purchased from the Swiss gallerist Bruno Bischofberger, in 1972.[5]

When I was 20 or 21, I bought a work of Art & Language of 1965 called Mirror Piece and installed it in my appartment in Paris. After two or three days, I felt sad and stupid because I understood the limit imposed if these works were kept private, they would be like a discussion that was kept secret. Therefore I felt a responsibility to make this collection accessible to the widest possible public - The Private Museum of the Future, Cristina Bechtler interview with Philippe Méaille, 2016.[6]

Méaille, has since assembled the world's largest collection of Art & Language works.

In 2000, Méaille installed his collection in the Château de la Bainerie, a former summer camp of the city of Argenteuil;[7][8] the collection of Art & Language works was spread throughout the 50,000 square foot area of the château.[9][10] In 2006, Méaille organized a public exhibition with Nantes school of Beaux-arts. In 2011, Méaille announced a long term loan of 800 works of Art & Language to the MACBA.[11] In 2014, Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts became the curator of Méaille's collection.[12]

In 2014, the MACBA organized a major retrospective of the group Art & Language, which was titled Art & Language uncompleted: The Philippe Méaille Collection. The retrospective contained works which were loaned by Méaille.

In 2015, Méaille signed a 25-year lease for the Château de Montsoreau, a castle located in the Loire valley; that same year, Méaille founded the Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary Art, where approximately 80 works of his collection are permanently exhibited.[13]

In 2017, Méaille decided not to renew his lease with the MACBA, and instead decided to repatriate his entire collection to the Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary Art. Méaille stated that the main reason for this decision was the political instability in Catalonia.[14][15][16][17][18]


  • Silverman van Coenegrachts, Jill (2014). Made in Zurich – Selected Editions – 1965-1972 Art & Language. Paris. ISBN 978-3-00-047269-5.
  • Guerra, Carles (2014). Art & language uncompleted : the Philippe Méaille Collection. Barcelona: Museu d'Art Contemporani Barcelona. p. 264. ISBN 978-84-92505-52-4.
  • Matthew Jesse, Jackson (2018). Art & language Reality (Dark) Fragments (Light) Philippe Méaille Collection. Montsoreau: Château de Montsoreau-Museum of contemporary Art. p. 176. ISBN 978-2955-791721.
  • Chris, Dercon (2018). The Private Museum of the Future. Zurich: JRP Ringier. p. 214. ISBN 978-3037645208.


  1. ^ "Everybody Talks About Collecting with Their Eyes, Not Their Ears; Few Do It Like Philippe Meaille". Art Market Monitor. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Philippe Méaille installe sa collection au château de Montsoreau | Connaissance des Arts". Connaissance des Arts.
  3. ^ "Largest Collection of Radical Conceptualists Art & Language Finds a Home in French Chateau". Artnet.
  4. ^ "Art & Language : Château de la Bainerie, Tiercé ; Ecole régionale des beaux-arts, Nantes, 11 mars – 8 avril 2006". Art Press.
  5. ^ "Expo Chicago to show little-seen Art + Language works". Chicago Sun-Times.
  6. ^ Dercon, Chris (2018). The Private Museum of the Future. Zurich: JRP Ringier. pp. 99–100. ISBN 978-3-03764-520-8.
  7. ^ Candet, Nadia. Collections Particulières. ISBN 978-2081214651.
  8. ^ "Promenons nous dans le patrimoine : l'âge d'or des colonies de vacances". Mairie d'Argenteuil.
  9. ^ Sultan, Mylène (28 June 2007). "Tiercé: rencontre avec un collectionneur". L'Express (in French). Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Château d'avanguardia : Benvenuti a Tiercé, mélange perfetto tra arte e design". Marie Claire Maison.
  11. ^ "Philippe Méaille dona al Macba seis obras del colectivo Art & Language". EL PAÍS.
  12. ^ "Une experte de Christie's France à la tête la FIAC Los Angeles". Le Journal des arts.
  13. ^ "De l'art contemporain au château de Montsoreau".
  14. ^ "La crise catalane fait fuir les collectionneurs". Le
  15. ^ "Crise politique en Catalogne : un collectionneur d'art rapatrie sa collection en France". LCI.
  16. ^ "Fearing Political Instability After the Catalonia Referendum, a Collector Withdraws Loans From MACBA". artnet News.
  17. ^ "French Collector Pulls Loans from MACBA After Catalonia Referendum". Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  18. ^ "MACBA lamenta la decisión de Philippe Méaille de no renovar depósito de obras". La Vangardia.