The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has received $80 million from trustee Florence Irving, the Art News reports. “The Irvings have been inspirational donors in building the museum’s collections and galleries of Asian Art since 1987,” says Daniel H. Weiss, the museum’s president and CEO. “This additional gift is truly transformative for the Met, and will ensure that the legacy of scholarship, programming, and collection-building they have been so instrumental in building will continue to thrive.”
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Collector’s Birthdate: b. 1975
Frahm, born to Danish entrepreneur Flemming Frahm, began collecting art through his family’s foundation in Copenhagen. He has since moved to London, where he has taken on a roster of high profile clients and aided such well known collectors as Frank Cohen.
He is equally known as an aggressive art speculator, making ARTNew’s 2006 list among the 6 best contemporary art advisors in the world. The same year, L.A.’s The Gallery at the Hospital hosted an exhibition of young local artists, using pieces from his private collection exclusively. Often, he has been likened to as a “young Charles Saatchi.”