A Meet & Greet at the world’s most renowned art fair is an event MaastrichtMBA students and alumni wouldn’t want to miss out on. As such we were very pleased to see many familiar faces on Tuesday March 15 for drinks and talks, to both honour the 40th anniversary of UM and celebrate our own achievements in life and work. The group gathered at a designated business stand, which was situated in a strategic and quiet corner of the expo centre’s venue. While some of our attendees engaged in thoughtful or light conversation, others couldn’t help but feel drawn by the lure of the many treasures that surrounded us. Everyone was free to explore the fair at his or her own pace. One by one or in small ensembles, our alumni and students thanked us for the invitation before merging into an eclectic and enamoured TEFAF audience. What’s not to love about art?
More than just an asset!
Art and Business is a topic widely discussed in many different communities. TEFAF itself stands ground with a clear vision in their TEFAF Essentials: Art is more than an asset. From that perspective, if we compare to our very own MaastrichtMBA programme, our students and their ambition towards career enhancement aren’t just assets either. There’s more to it than just a climb to the top, to achieve success for one’s organisation or oneself. There’s an intrinsic value that can’t always be put into words. Like we can’t always describe what we feel when we look at a masterfully crafted contemporary painting, or find ourselves opposite a massive art sculpture created by man in long forgotten eras. But how do we feel about buying art as a secure investment with future revenues expressed in monetary gain?
Adam Lindemann, billionaire and collector, wrote an insightful article with an interesting conclusion, perhaps, for someone with inexhaustible financial means. He once asked an art dealer whether he believed art was an investment. The art dealer said yes, but not always a good one. Mr. Lindemann, at the time, agreed with that statement. Ten years later, mr. Lindemann’s perception and view have changed. “Investing requires cold analysis and objective thinking, and there’s no art in that. Art collecting is a different thing, it requires interest, patience and hopefully some passion, or at least intellectual curiosity.”
Interest, patience, passion and intellectual curiosity
We can relate to that in and for our MaastrichtMBA programme, where students explore and discover the art in themselves, metaphorically speaking. Or maybe it’s a matter of collecting the art within themselves, with interest and patience, passion and intellectual curiosity, while they strive for the next level in life and their chosen careers. How ‘return on investment’ is perceived, can perhaps also be compared to or measured by an afternoon at TEFAF, surrounded by master pieces and art of all centuries, from ancient to contemporary, old and new, tangible and elusive, ground-breaking or traditional, but always professing of what we humans bring forth. And it’s up to each individual whether they opt to invest or collect.