The Remains of the Geldberg Collection

22.04.16 – 02.07.16
Founded twenty years ago by oil and gas magnate Daniel Geldberg and his wife Rachel Geldberg, the Geldberg collection has acquired a nearly mythical aura. With this extraordinary collection of postwar and contemporary art, the Geldbergs established themselves as one of the most prominent collecting couples in Texas. Over the course of two successful decades, they amassed an array of some 300 objects, all of which were famously installed in their private residence in Houston.
Initially they focused on historical pieces of 1960s art, and later shifted their interest to American and international contemporary work.
They are known in the art world as quiet but avid collectors who like to take risks. They were among the first collectors to purchase works by now-major figures like,Richard Prince and Felix Gonzales Torres. Their collection contained painting, photography, video, sculpture, and installation works made from 1950 to the present, with notable contributions by such artists as Cecily Brown, John Chamberlain, Francesco Clemente, Donald Judd, Martin Kippenberger, and James Turrell. To their impressive holdings, they recently added the work of younger generations such as Andreas Koch, Valentin Carron, and Ryan Trecartin, among many others.
Due to a tragic incident on February 2, 2016, the entire Geldberg collection was destroyed in a large fire that took place at their Houston home. All that remains of their collection today is a small gathering of 5 works by Yarisal & Kublitz, a shared favorite of the couple.
Through the Geldberg’s close attachment to Switzerland, where they aquired a residence on the shores of lake Geneva, and their long term friendship with the Bertrand family, the Galerie  Sébastien Bertrand now has the immense honor of displaying the last surviving works of this unique collection.
Fondée il y a vingt ans par le magnat du gaz et du pétrole Daniel Geldberg et sa femme Rachel Geldberg, la collection Geldberg a acquis un statut quasi mythologique. Avec cette extraordinaire collection d’art contemporain et d’après-guerre, les Geldberg se sont imposés comme l’un des couples de collectionneurs les plus influents du Texas. Pendant deux fructueuses décennies, ils ont accumulé quelques 300 objets, connus pour être tous exposés dans leur résidence privée de Houston.
D’abord attirés par des pièces historiques des années 60, leur goût évolua ensuite vers l’art contemporain américain et international.
Dans le monde de l’art, leur réputation est celle de collectionneurs discrets mais insatiables, n’ayant pas peur de prendre des risques. Ils furent parmi les premiers à acheter des œuvres de figures aujourd’hui majeures comme Richard Prince et Felix Gonzales Torres. Leur collection était composée de tableaux, photographies, vidéos, sculptures et installations, de 1950 à nos jours, dont quelques contributions notables d’artistes tels que Cecily Brown, John Chamberlain, Francesco Clemente, Donald Judd, Martin Kippenberger, et James Turrell. A leurs impressionnantes acquisitions, ils  ont récemment ajouté les œuvres d’une génération plus jeune, représentée entre autres par Andreas Koch, Valentin Carron ou encore Ryan Trecartin.
Suite à un tragique incident survenu le 2 février 2016, la totalité de la collection Geldberg a été détruite dans un terrible incendie à leur domicile de Houston. Tout ce qu’il reste de leur collection à ce jour est un petit ensemble de 5 œuvres de Yarisal & Kublitz, un duo d’artistes parmi les favoris du couple.
A travers le fort attachement des Geldberg à la Suisse, où ils ont acquit une propriété sur les rives du lac Léman, et la longue amitié qui les lie à la famille Bertrand, la Galerie Sébastien Bertrand a l’immense honneur d’exposer les dernières œuvres survivantes de cette collection unique.
Ronnie Yarisal
Born in 1981, Geneva, Switzerland
01-04 Central St. Martins College of Art, London
00-01 Chelsea College of Art, London
Katja Kublitz
Born in 1978, Copenhagen, Denmark
01-04 Central St. Martins College of Art, London
00-01 Gerrit Ritveld Academy of Arts, Amsterdam
Yarisal & Kublitz are currently living and working in Berlin.

Solo exhibitions

Büroheim - in collaboration with Andreas Koch, Pavillon am Milchhof, Berlin, Germany
Everybody knows, Quartz Studio, Torino

Gateway, Swiss Institute, Rome
Buddies, in collaboration with Andreas Koch, Saasfee Pavillon, Frankfurt
Will you still know me tomorrow, Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris
Surfing the web without getting wet, Kunstpalais Erlangen, Germany
The Remains of the Geldberg collection, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland
High Five, solo presentation, Vitrine, Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris, France
Prayer Outbox, Galerie Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland
Objects of Desire, Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin, Germany

Unheimlich in L.A., Galerie Bertrand & Gruner, Geneva, Switzerland

Just Like Starting Over, Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin, Germany
Doubter II, Kunsthalle Galapagos, New York, USA

Forever looks so good right now, Galerie Bertrand & Gruner, Geneva, Switzerland

Works 03-08
, Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Germany
You Knew it and youBlew it, Galleria Enrico Fornello, Prato, Italy

The Sun is not Yellow, it's Chicken, Galerie Kai Hilgemann, Berlin, Germany

Flying and Dying, Wagdas Gallery, London, UK

Here I am Stuck in the Middle with You, JLV Gallery, London, UK

Relationship: the quick and the dead, JLV Gallery, London, UK

Group exhibitions

Ré-ouverture, Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris, France

Still Life: An Ongoing Story, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland
A youth playing horsey on a tortoise, SURDEZ Aps, Copenhagen 
Summer show, Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris

Waving and Wavering, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore
DO DISTURB, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

L’institut d’esthétique, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Fiac, Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris, France
Totems : Sacred Beings and Spirit Objects, curated by Mehta Bell Projects, Saatchi Gallery, London

Ich schaffe Unterbrechung/ Du bringst Vereinigung, KUNSTRAUM 53, Hildesheim 
Die sieben Todsünden, Diözesan Museum St Afra, Augsburg, Germany           
Summer Show, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland
NADA (art fair), Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, New-York, USA
Artmonte-carlo (art fair), Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Monaco
Emoji Totem, sculpture park, Geneva, Switzerland

Save the data, curated by Amely Deiss, Kunstpalais Erlangen
Elsewhere, curated by Joseph Gergel, ArtTwentyOne, Lagos, Nigeria
Artgenève (art fair), Art Fair, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland
I make honey sweeter than the bees, faster than a tropical disease, sculpture park, Geneva

Cold Sweat
, Bill Brady Gallery, Miami, USA
Human Interface, curated by Cecelia Stucker, HUS gallery, London, UK
STALACTICA, curated by Anissa Touati and Tjorg Douglas Beer, Bruxelles, Belgium
New Space, Richard Kern/Michael Hilsman/Yarisal & Kublitz, Galerie Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland

Fading Nights, Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin, Germany
Celebration, Flux Laboratory, Geneva, Switzerland

Accrochage, Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin, Germany

Homework, the Ister, Bruxelles, Belgium
Purple Nurples & Peekaboos, University of the Arts, London, UK

Desire and Vice: The Seven Deadly Sins from Dürer to Nauman, Kunstmuseum Bern, CH
Biennale Bern, Stadttheater Bern, Switzerland
Shazam!, Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin, Germany
Try Again.Fail Again III, Kunstverein Hildesheim, Germany

3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Special Project section curated by E.Grady, Moscow, Russia
The Embassy, curated by A.Dellal and X.Cook, London, UK
Summer group show, Galerie Bertrand & Gruner, Geneva, Switzerland

Spazi Aperi, Romanian Academy, Rome, Italy

The Building Show, Exit Art, New York, USA
Sculpture Garden, Galerie Kai Hilgemann, Berlin, Germany

The Studio Visit, Exit Art, New York, USA
H10 Gallery, Chile

Forårsudstillingen, Charlottenborg Museum of Art, Copenhagen, Danemark
Diesel-new-art, Galleri Edition, Copenhagen / Kulturkirken Jakob, Oslo / Kungsträdgården, Stockholm, Sweden
Squat, Flux Laboratory, Geneva, Switzerland

04, Central St Martins Final Degree Show, London, UK
Gift, SpaceTwotentwo, London, UK
Progression, Spital Square#27, London, UK

Western, Charlottenborg Museum of Art, Copenhagen, Danemark


Publications Press

Everybody knows,, Daniele Licata, May 2019
Anger Release Machine, American Chordata, issue 7 summer 2018
Deconstructing the flag and reconstructing a collective identity,, Amber Eve Anderson, 6/2018
Dallas Art Fair,, Ann Binlot, 4/2017
Will you still know me tomorrow?,, 3/2017
Art-Contemporain, Tribune de Genève, Ana Vaucher, 1/2015
The Flashy of the Mundane, ARTY magazine China, Zhao Danyu, 1/2015
Ronnie Yarisal and Katja Kublitz, Work in progress, IGNANT, 10/2014
Starters - Yarisal & Kublitz, ART Magazine Deutschland, Gesine Borcherdt, 01/2014
Yarisal & Kublitz - Kunst Fenster, Art Collector Magazine, 10/2013
Koksmaschine für die Vitrine, Die Welt, Gesine Borchert, 10/2012
Stille Komödianten, Vogue Deutschland, Carolin Würfel, 10/2012
Auf Hochglanz poliert , TAZ tageszeitung Berlin, Marcus Woeller, 10/2012
Extravagante Automaten, Manager Magazine Germany, Maren Hoffmann, 2/2012
Sesame öffne dich, PAGE magazine, Germany, 11/2011
Umbrella, Television, 20 Hoxton Sq Projects, 10/2011
Yarisal & Kublitz, Artcards Review, Helen Homan Wu, 1/2011
Yarisal & Kublitz, Glamcult Magazine, 12/2010
Von der Kunst der Sieben Todsünden, H.Lagger / S.Christ, Berner Zeitung, 10/2010
Raro, ‘On Madrid’, El País, Madrid 8/2009
Feature, Laura Allsop, ArtReview, 5/2009
Q&A with Yarisal & Kublitz, Philips Art Expert, 4/2009
Emerging artists, Philae Knight, Philips Art Expert, 6/2008
The Highs and Lows, Karen Wright, Phillips Art Expert 6/2008
Automatentherapie, Hana Knapp, Financial Times Germany 6/2008
Breaking News, Ben Greenman, The NewYorker 7/2008
Volta, Helen Stoilas and Javier Pes, The Art Newspaper 6/2008
Yarisal&Kublitz, Jan Poulsen, Cover Magazine 6/2006
Art in Review - the Studio Visit, Roberta Smith, New York Times 2/2006
City Rockers, Anders Hjort, Romeo&Juliet, 11/2005

Catalogues and Books
Will you still know me tomorrow, exhibition catalogue, Galerie Lauent Godin, 04/2017
Surfing the web without getting wetKunstpalais Erlangen , 09/2016
Bling blang, ching chang, give me some of that yin yang, Sternberg Press, 2014
Beyond Contemporary Art, Vivays Publishing, Etan Ilfeld, 2013
Art and Destruction, Cambridge Scholar Publishing, edited by J.Walden, 2013
Cien obras en formato H-10, instruccionesdeuso ediciones, 2012
100 – new artists, Laurence King, ed. Francesca Gavan, 1/2011
Lust und Laster, exhibition catalogue, Kunstmuseum Bern, Hatje Cantz Verlag, 10/2010
Try Again. Fail Again II", exhibition catalogue, Kunstverein Hildesheim, 7/2010
The Embassy, exhibition catalogue, London 10/2009
The Situation- exhibition catalogue 3rd Moscow Biennale Special Projects, E.Grady, 9/2009
Yarisal & Kublitz : works 03-08, Kunstverein Wiesbaden, 06/2008
DNA, exhibition catalogue for Diesel New Art, 10/2005

Film Festivals

18 Filmfest Dresden, Dresden, Germany
Ostersunds Konstvideofestival ‘05, Ostersund, Sweden

Obsession - Film Festival, Gallery-X, Istanbul, Turkey


La Coleccíon Jumex, Mexico City
Foundation pour L’Art Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, Alex, France
Central St.Martins Museum Collection, London, UK

Awards & Grants

2013 Publication Grant, Statens Kunstfond,Copenhagen
2008 Residence, Scandinavian Kunstnerhus, Rome
2007 Artist-in-residence, Sculpture Space, New York
2007 Working Grant, Statens Kunstfond, Copenhagen
2006 Artist-in-residence, The Drake Hotel, Toronto
2005 Diesel New Art, 1st Prize for Sculpture, Denmark