Passionate collector and wealthy heir, Hubert Goldet (1945 – 2000) was deeply interested in contemporary art. In 1971, he became one of the founders of Art Press magazine. In 1975, Hubert Goldet began collecting African Art, a passion that would continue until his death.
He equally admired simple everyday objects and museum pieces. He secretly collected objects and dreams in his rue Pierre 1er de Serbie apartment, a surprising treasure cave, where a sepulchral light shone on a multitude of statues. Visitors used a flashlight to marvel at each separate piece.
His collection, considered « one of the two or three most important in France» by expert Alain de Monbrison, was dispersed in auctions by François de Ricqlès at the Maison de la Chimie in 2001 (June 30th to July 1st) where more than 644 pieces were auctioned and obtained a historical result.
« Today, if I could not collect African Art, I don’t think I would collect anything. »
Hubert Goldet, dans Arts d’Afrique Noire
« In all things, he had universal taste and truly appreciated the most beautiful and most lyrical art as well as the hardest, even sometimes grotesque art. »
Susan Vogel, 2001, «sacrificial Moment », in Art primitif. Collection Hubert Goldet. Catalog of the public auction, June 30th and July 1st 2001.