DRAF (David Roberts Art Foundation) is responsible for the David Roberts Collection, which focuses on contemporary works but also includes key historical pieces which are relevant for current discourse.
The collection, which is made of more than 2000 works, started in the mid. 90s, and since then it has refused any strategy alien to its own structure and natural development. It is constituted as much by the artworks forming it, as by the specific history and archive attached to each of them.
The David Roberts Collection is a research vehicle and an evolving archive of forms and concepts. The collection is not focused on a specific medium, generation or geographical area. It can be considered as a collection of collections: it naturally changed over the time, and we are very proud to maintain the history of the collection and the very first works acquired. To support artists means following their practice, in a long term relationship built on trust.
Many artists are collected in depth, which allows for a close understanding of their practice. Works are mainly acquired directly from galleries and artists. We consider each work from the collection not solely as an object but as a system constituted by its specific histories, and the discourses or narratives it provokes.