Hess to Open Another Winery-Based Museum

    Swiss entrepreneur and art collector Donald M. Hess is about to open a museum dedicated to artist James Turrel at Bodega Colome in Argentina, Decanter reports.

     The James Turrel Museum will open its doors on April 22, and will be the third of the Hess Art Collection, along with museums at the Hess Collection winery in Napa Valley and Glen Carlou in Paarl, South Africa.

     It is the first museum in the world dedicated to American space and light artist James Turrel, whose work focuses on the optical phenomena of light.

     Turrel was asked to design the interior gallery spaces, which will house his light installations.

     Set amidst Colome’s 96,000-acre estate, the museum will showcase works spanning five decades of Turrel’s career.

     Hess, an art buyer since the 1960s, has amassed one of the largest collections of contemporary art in the world. His back catalogue includes works by Francis Bacon, Gerhard Richter and Andy Goldsworthy.

     A fourth museum is planned for the Hess-owned Peter Lehmann Wines estate in Australia’s Barossa Valley.

     Along with Colome, Hess Family Estates own four vineyards in Argentina, including Altura Maxima in Salta, the highest vineyard in the world.

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