“Ligabue”

A collection spanning several millenia

On the occasion of the Parcours des Mondes fair, young collector Inti Ligabue draws up a portrait of one of the broadest Italian art collections, ranging from prehistory to modern paintings via tribal art. An inventory. Inti Ligabue, thirty-five years old, was appointed honorary president of the 15th edition of the Parcours des Mondes fair. This year, the event is drawing to Paris 80 international galleries specialising in tribal and Asian arts, from 6 to 11 September. Inti is the son of Giancarlo Ligabue, who passed away in 2015, and who gained renown as an archaeologist, palaeontologist and collector, as well as a political figure and businessman at the head of Gruppo Ligabue, a hundred-year-old family business dealing in food freight and services, present on every continent. This eminent Italian public figure left behind an incomparable legacy, including an extraordinary art collection covering a few thousand years. To carry on this adventure, Inti Ligabue launched, in January 2016, a foundation in Venice to support his father’s research and collection. You are this year’s honorary president at the Parcours des Mondes. From an international perspective, how is this event positioned? This event is doubtless one of the most important international meeting places for the tribal-art market and collectors. It gathers prestigious galleries from all over the world. It is an opportunity for specialists and enthusiasts to exchange their views and knowledge. I’m happy to have been chosen as honorary president of this year’s Parcours des Monde; it is a fine homage to the work of my father who built up his collection passionately over more than forty years. What is the core of your collection? In terms of the number of works, the collection mainly presents Pre-Columbian art pieces. In terms of cultural and historic interest, it is particularly distinctive...

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