Who we are

The Founders

Eight Decades of Collecting

The Trust’s origins lie in a private family collection that began with its patriarch, Aaron Kroll. He was born in 1904 in Kalisz, Poland, which was an important regional industrial and commercial center. Kroll was a highly regarded professional athlete who participated in many world-class competitions, achieving 32 medals. His most prestigious award was received from Józef Piłsudski – Chief of State of the Second Republic of Poland. He developed a passion for the arts and developed into a highly-motivated, self-thought collector, he spent most of his time learning and enriching his curiosity for art and embraced different movements and styles.

By the end of the 1970’s, his son Michal, now a successful business man, began pursuing his own interest in cultural objects both inspired by his father and his own individual taste. As his own knowledge matured, Kroll devoted himself to the research and self education of both the works he has inherited from his father as well as those he had pursued on his own. Thus two generations of collecting activity were joined as one and the basis of an institutional collection was established. During that time, Kroll was invited to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Several years ago, the decision was made to formally transfer the family’s collections into a charitable Trust, with Michael Kroll serving as its Chairman and his son Daniel serving as its president. Thus the torch has passed to the third generation, which has thought to diversify the Trust activity to embrace not only collecting art but fostering creative and intellectual prowess through educational programs, publications and, in the near future, exhibitions.

The Team

Mr. Michael Kroll

Chairman

Michael (Miki) Kroll, like his father before him, became an independent successful businessman after years of striving to build his own company. By the time he had reached his 30’s, he also inherited his father’s passion for cultural artifacts. Over time, he amassed a serious collection of timepieces, furniture, decorative arts, and Modern art. Today, this collection forms the basis of the Kroll Family Trust’s holding of art. In particular, again like his father, Miki developed a special passion for Russian modernism, and he amassed over 250 objects, many of them historically important masterpieces by Chagall, Goncharova, Larionov, Lissitzky, Malevich, Popova, Rodchenko, Rozanova, and many others. The Trust is now under the guidance of his son Daniel, passing the torch to the third generation to develop a new stage in how the collection grows and is utilized.

    Mr. Matthew Drutt

    Chief Curator

    President of Drutt Creative Arts Management (DCAM) since 2013, Matthew Drutt is an American editor, writer, and curator specializing in modern and contemporary art. Based in New York, he currently works with the Hermitage Museum Foundation Israel; Kroll Family Trust, Tel Aviv; El Lissitzky Foundation, Eindhoven; and other institutions and select individuals, consulting on and organizing exhibitions, publications, and collections. He is formerly Chief Curator of The Menil Collection, Houston (2001 – 2006) and Senior Curator, Guggenheim Museum, New York (1993 – 2001). His 2003 exhibition Kazimir Malevich: Suprematism won Best Monographic Exhibition Organized Nationally from the International Association of Art Critics. In 2006, the French Government awarded him the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2015, his exhibition, In Search of 0,10: The Last Futurist Exhibition held at the Beyeler Foundation, became one of its most critically acclaimed and widely attended shows in its history.

      Mr. Daniel Kroll

      President

      Mr. Kroll, a third generation art collector, entrepreneur and philanthropist, is the President of the Kroll Family Trust overseeing the trust’s cultural activities and publications worldwide alongside major VC and Real Estate investments. Over the last decade, Mr. Kroll has rapidly built a successful entrepreneurial career currently serving as the Founder & CEO of Kroll Ventures, a Venture Capital investment firm and Chairman of the Hermitage Museum Foundation Israel, a support group of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg that build bridges with other institutions and establishes ongoing cultural exchanges in various fields of the arts.

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