Since 2015, Donum has been placing large-scale contemporary sculptures in the midst of its vineyard landscape, interspersed with 150-year-old olive trees and an organic farm. At present, these include around 40 works by artists from across the globe, including Ai Weiwei, Yayoi Kusama, Louise Bourgeois, Keith Haring, Zhan Wang, Elmgreen & Dragset, Yue Minjun, Jaume Plensa, Subodh Gupta, Danh Vo, Richard Hudson and Tracey Emin, among many others. The collection continues to grow, with new additions such as a specially commissioned monumental sculpture by Anselm Kiefer, as well as work by Mark Manders, Wim Delvoye and new sculptures by Subodh Gupta and Marc Quinn. In the coming months, a new site-specific work by Doug Aitken will be installed in the eucalyptus grove. Going forward, the art collection will continue to grow gradually, in harmony with the surrounding landscape.
[more]A GLOBAL ART COLLECTION IN A LOCAL SETTING
Notable for its mix of established and emerging contemporary artists from East and West, as well as for presenting artists from around the globe, the sculpture collection at Donum was conceived by Allan and Mei Warburg, the owners of Donum. A Danish businessman based in Hong Kong and China, Warburg is a passionate collector of art and wine who believes that both can help connect people across cultures. “The sculpture collection is very personal, representing what my wife and I believe fits the landscape and feeling of Donum,” says Warburg. “We try to make the collection as global as possible. I am a European who has lived over half my life in Asia, I am married to a Chinese woman, and now I also produce wine in California. I love and and embrace diversity and different cultures and hope the collection will express this.” The idea of installing his art collection at Donum occurred gradually, once Warburg visited the winery and fell in love with the authentic, rural feel of this former dairy farm. With a glass of Donum in his hand, he conceived the idea of placing sculptures in the Sonoma vineyards. “I believe that one plus one is not always two,” he says. “If you take art, put it into a beautiful landscape and at the same time enjoy it with a glass of great wine, the experience is much larger than if the three are enjoyed separately. The whole is more than the sum of its parts.” To learn more about the story of the art collection at Donum please click here for press release.[/more]