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40|10. 40 years of the collection - 10 years of the Museum Frieder Burda

July 12 – October 26, 2014


The Museum Frieder Burda and the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden are celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Museum Frieder Burda, presenting highlights from the collection which has constantly grown for forty years. For Frieder Burda, sharing his works of art with others has been at the heart of his commitment from the very start. As was the case on the occasion of the museum opening in 2004, the exhibition will again present various groups of works from the extensive holdings of the collection at two venues — in the museum building designed by Richard Meier specifically for the collection as well as at the neo-classical Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden designed by Hermann Billing During one’s tour of the exhibition, one can trace both personal stages in the life of Frieder Burda from the past forty years as well as general developments and trends in 20th- and 21st-century painting and sculpture.

While works by German Expressionists such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and August Macke shaped Frieder Burda’s childhood and form the basis of his collection, an extended stay in America in the seventies generated his interest for the Abstract Expressionists Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Mark Rothko. His enthusiasm for American artists continued in subsequent years and intensified with his purchase of works by artists such as Andy Warhol, John Chamberlain, Robert Rauschenberg, William N. Copley, Malcolm Morley, Alex Katz, and Richard Estes.

Paintings from Pablo Picasso’s late oeuvre with their extraordinary power of expression reflect Frieder Burda’s affinity with France and will be shown in the exhibition as a selfcontained body of works. Works by Günther Uecker, Heinz Mack, Adolf Luther, and Christian Maggert, on the other hand, represent an important phase of postwar German art history. In 1958, the artists joined forces to establish the ZERO group, propagating an idealistic fresh start in art through their purist light-kinetic wall objects.

Extensive monographic groups of works by Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz, and Sigmar Polke from the 1960s to the present take on a unique role in the Collection Frieder Burda. Unlike ZERO, they stand for the enormous prominence of the picture and its continuity in German painting of the past fifty years. These are supplemented by outstanding paintings by Eugen Schönebeck, Anselm Kiefer, Markus Lüpertz, and Arnulf Rainer; by Neo Rauch, Herbert Brandl, Corinne Wasmuht, Karin Kneffel, as well as by other contemporary artists. The anniversary exhibition is being curated by Götz Adriani and Helmut Friedel.


The publication includes illustrations and the descriptions of numerous works from the collection, an interview with Frieder Burda, as well as a tribute to Richard Meier’s museum architecture. It furthermore provides insight into all of the Museum Frieder Burda’s previous exhibitions. With contributions by Götz Adriani, Hans-Joachim Müller, Wolfgang Pehnt, et al. Hatje Cantz Verlag; German and French, 336 pages, 35 euros.


A current film by Horst Brandenburg can be viewed in the media room of the Museum Frieder Burda. It presents exclusive conversations with and visits to the studios of today’s most influential artists world-wide and provides unique insights into the art history of the 20th and 21st century, into the Collection Frieder Burda, and into the museum’s exhibitions. The DVD (English/German/French) is available in the museum shop (22.50 euros).


JULY 12 – SEPTEMBER 21, 2014

In addition to the presentation of the collection, the architecture of the Museum Frieder Burda, which has been distinguished by several international awards, will be paid tribute to in the museum gallery. Plans, models, photographs, and an original drawing by the American architect Richard Meier illustrate the building in the various phases of its completion.

Pablo Picasso, Nu couché, 1968, Öl auf Leinwand, 130 x 162 cm, © Succession Picasso / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014 Gerhard Richter, Abstraktes Bild, See, 1997, Öl auf Leinwand, 200 x 180 cm, © Gerhard Richter