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Valeria Napoleone’s Favorite Books

Valeria Napoleone

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Patron & Collector

Art collector and philanthropist, Valeria Napoleone is a major supporter of fashion brands like Osman and Chloé, and also of female artists, as evidenced by the stunning collection displayed in her London home and in galleries and museums around the world. She’s a behind-the-scenes force in the art world, discovering and supporting many talented artists from Anne Collier to Ghada Amer, and cutting-edge galleries like the ever-so-cool Studio Voltaire in Clapham, London. Below, her picks.



  • Tauba Auerbach, [2,3] 2013 Pop Up Book Edition

    Tauba Auerbach, [2,3] 2013 Pop Up Book Edition

    This is as much a sculpture as it is a book: I constantly rearrange it to reveal more of Tauba’s intricate paper sculptures.

  • Valeria Napoleone’s Catalogue of Exquisite Recipes

    Valeria Napoleone’s Catalogue of Exquisite Recipes

    My very special cookbook for both the coffee table and the kitchen table. I love to host dinner parties at my home for my friends from the creative world, and in this book, generations-old family recipes from my birthplace in Lombardy sit side-by-side with a dynamic collection of artworks inspired by food, many of which are new and unseen, by women artists that I admire and have in my collection. It’s intended to function both as a practical cookbook and as a collection of beautiful artworks, so as I say… ‘Please Read, Look, Cook and Feed!

  • Friends and Family, by Lily Van der Stokker

    Friends and Family, by Lily Van der Stokker

    This monograph details wall paintings and drawings from 1983-2003, published alongside the exhibition by the same title at Le Consortium in 2002. Lily features heavily in my collection. She is constantly enthralling, she is a powerhouse.

  • Composing a Life, by Mary Catherine Bateson

    Composing a Life, by Mary Catherine Bateson

    This book explores that act of creation that engages us all, the composition of our lives. It is a super inspiring read.

  • Ghada Amer, 2014

    Ghada Amer, 2014

    This limited-edition hardcover book was published for Ghada’s very special show “Rainbow Girls” at Cheim & Reid New York. Ghada is a dear friend, we have been growing and learning together—she as an artist, and me as a collector—since the 90s.

  • The How Not To Cookbook: Lessons Learned the Hard Way, by Aleksandra Mir

    The How Not To Cookbook: Lessons Learned the Hard Way, by Aleksandra Mir

    Based on Aleksandra’s personal history of cooking disasters, the project features 1,000 cooking catastrophes by 1,000 people from all around the world, and their advice on what not to do in the kitchen. I like its irony and wittiness and the direct connection to my Exquisite Catalogue, as Aleksandra’s work is featured in it.

  • Joe Colombo: Inventing the Future, 2005

    Joe Colombo: Inventing the Future, 2005

    A catalog of constant inspiration for me, of a traveling exhibition held at the Vitra Design Museum, La Trienniale di Milano, Weil am Rhein, and other venues starting in 2005. I love his work, it is still so relevant and influential and revolutionary in today’s world of design.

  • Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, 2014

    Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, 2014

    This volume published by Sadie Coles HQ and Koenig Books, extensively documents the artist’s long-running series of Bat Opera paintings—each one is more exciting than the next. I am so proud to have followed Marvin Gaye’s career over the years. She has a huge solo commission at Studio Voltaire currently: It’s a must-see.

  • Andrea Bütnner, 2013

    Andrea Bütnner, 2013

    I have been a collector and supporter of Andrea’s for many years—since the very beginning, and she is now a dear friend. This book captures her incredible practice. She is currently showing at Tate Britain, a show I highly recommend.

  •  Nicole Eisenmann: Dear Nemesis, 1993-2013  Nicole Eisenman: Dear Nemesis, 1993-2013

    Nicole Eisenmann: Dear Nemesis, 1993-2013 Nicole Eisenman: Dear Nemesis, 1993-2013

    This catalogue for Nicole’s current touring exhibition is comprehensive, the first about her incredible work. There are a couple of works from my collection in the exhibition too!

  • The Root Cellar, by Ida Ekblad

    The Root Cellar, by Ida Ekblad

    This book, which has a snakeskin-effect cover, was published on the occasion of Ida Ekblad’s 2013 exhibition at the De Vleeshal in the Netherlands. Fundamental in Ida’s work is the interest in historical perspective as a central element in our time and in the complex relationship between art and time. With the use of discarded material in her sculptural work, she also plays with superficial connotations of a contemporary society that’s so tied to speed and consumption.

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