Berlin art dealer and family donate art by Picasso, Warhol and Richter to city of Chemnitz

Bastian family have collaborated with the German city’s art collection since 2002

Gerhard Richter. Photo: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/PUNCTUM/Bertram Kober

Gerhard Richter. Photo: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/PUNCTUM/Bertram Kober

The Berlin art dealer Heiner Bastian and his family have donated a selection of more than 200 works of Modern art to the public art collection of Chemnitz, a city in southeast Germany. The donation includes two prints by Pablo Picasso, a Diasec print by Gerhard Richter, and works by Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys.

Among the highlights of the gift is Robert Rauschenberg’s work Narcissus/ROCI USA (1990) from his Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange series. Other pieces include Richter’s Bouquet (2014), Cy Twombly’s Three Views of the Hofgarten, Munich (2008), and Joseph Beuys’s Iphigenie (1973).

The donation also includes works by younger artists, such as Anna Genger, Olaf Holzapfel, Wilhelm Sasnal and 99 prints by Eberhard Havekost. The donation encompasses paintings, sculptures, installations, collages, watercolours, drawings, photographs and various print techniques.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Licensed by Artists Rights Society, New York. Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/PUNCTUM/Bertram Kober

“The Bastian family’s gift considerably widens the Chemnitz Art Collections’ stock of contemporary art,” the organisation says in statement.

Cooperation between the Chemnitz Art Collections and the Bastian family began in 2002 with the exhibition Picasso and Women. Other exhibitions, dedicated to Picasso, Beuys and Warhol, have since followed.

The donation will be exhibited in Chemnitz from 12 November-18 February 2018. One of the accompanying events is a lecture titled Pablo Picasso, the Revolutionary by Aeneas Bastian, an art historian, collector and dealer, and the son of Heiner and Céline Bastian.


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