Michael Goedhuis – Director of Michael Goedhuis
Michael Goedhuis studied in France and Germany before completing his MBA at the European Institute for Business Administration (INSEAD). Trained as an economist, he became an investment banker with First Boston Corporation in New York and London and then at Hambros.
He subsequently took a degree in Art History under Anthony Blunt at the Courtauld Institute in London. He then joined Jacob Rothschild working with the Rothschild art investment companies. He was later instrumental in establishing the Oriental Department at Colnaghi, starting with the sale of Baron Edmond de Rothschild's famous collection of Persian and Mughal manuscripts and miniatures.
In 1986 he succeeded in discovering and selling the Vever Collection of paintings and manuscripts which had been lost since the 1930's. A film, "The Vever Affair", was made by the Smithsonian on this sale and on Goedhuis's role in the discovery.
His career in the art world since then, both as an investment advisor and as a dealer, has been based on a policy of identifying commercially neglected areas which are of investment potential and are therefore appropriate for market development. His work since the 1980's has focused on building major collections over a period of two to five years while concurrently stimulating interest in the area.
Over the last 15 years, he has established himself as a pioneer in the field of modern and contemporary Chinese art, carefully identifying the best and most original artists working today. He now represents many of the most promising emerging artists as well as the most established masters from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Europe and the United States.
In the summer of 2007 he negotiated the sale of the Estella Collection for US$23.5 million, which represented the successful outcome of a private investment over the previous 3½ years. This collection was published and exhibited by the Louisiana Museum in Copenhagen and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
His principal activity now in the new gallery in London is a concentrated effort to develop links with both institutions and the new generation of collectors in Asia. The desire of the Chinese to reclaim their cultural heritage is sweeping over the auction rooms of the world and his mission is to assist them in acquiring the best quality works of all periods, styles and media, from ancient to contemporary.