Steeve has been collecting contemporary art since the age of 21. His vast and diverse collection took off with his early acquisitions of works by Yayoi Kusama. Today Steeve is widely considered a leading expert in works by Kusama in addition to a much wider knowledge of the contemporary art market in general. Steeve is also an active supporter of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Batsheva Dance Company.
Is it a coincidence thathis first artwork was by a Japanese artist? As a collector, Steeve is attracted to artists who can move him into their world and open his eyes to another reality. Japanese artists, perhaps due to their conservative, high pressured society, live and express themselves often in a bold and fascinating way through their art. These qualities initially led him to collect artists such asYayoi Kusama. Kusama was and still remains his first love with an extensive collection of various artworks. Today Steeve can claim to be an expert of anything related to her 70 years career with a privileged access to the most unique of her works.
Naturally, Steeve’s collection has evolved and expanded as diversity is key to a good collection.The Art World is filled with daily news, fresh works, price shifts and gossip and remaining on top of that information is an exhausting but indispensable condition to know what you are doing. The emotions that a work can evoke area defining factor in choosing it, but not the only one: taste and passion, quality, value and investment grade are some of the others. The art world has gone through tremendous shifts and transformations. It has evolved into one of the best performing asset classes, where collectors, young and old, new and established, are acquiring works.
Former Director and Chief Curator of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Chief Curator of Fine Arts at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Landau lives and breathes contemporary art. While establishing and building the contemporary art department in Jerusalem, Landau identified and acquired works by that time young artists who were just at the beginning of their career and therefore in a low-price category, such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Damien Hirst, and Maurizio Cattelan among others.