The Hess Art Collection
Donald M. Hess, the Swiss entrepreneur and wine-producer, is one of the world’s major collectors of contemporary art. His impressive collection spans five decades of recent art history from Abstract Expressionism through current positions. It contains over 1,000 works by 65 international artists including Magdalena Abakanowicz, Francis Bacon, Georg Baselitz, Gilbert & George, Franz Gertsch, Andy Goldsworthy, Robert Motherwell, Yue Minjun, Shigeo Toya, Gerhard Richter, Frank Stella, James Turrell and Ouattara Watts among others..
In 1989, Donald Hess began sharing his passion for art with the greater public by exhibiting his collection in museums built at the Hess Family Estates wineries. The first museum opened at the Hess Collection Winery in Napa Valley, California, USA in 1989 and the second at Glen Carlou Vineyards in Paarl, South Africa in 2006. The third and newest — The James Turrell Museum of the Hess Art Collection — just opened in April, 2009 at Bodega & Estancia Colomé in the Province of Salta in the North-West of Argentina. .