With a selection of some 150 outstanding works spanning painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, installation and video art, the Bundeskunsthalle presents a unique overview of modern and contemporary art drawn from the important private collection put together by Erika and Rolf Hoffmann. The exhibition also traces the collectors’ remarkable relationship to their collection, which they always conceived of as flexible and which they approached in a singularly free, dialogue-driven manner.
The Hoffmanns made their first discoveries in the 1960s at exhibitions such as the documenta in Kassel, at art fairs, in museums and in the many kunsthalles and kunstvereins of the Rhineland. The first purchases soon followed—primarily directly from artists, with whom the couple maintained a close dialogue right from the start. The engagement with contemporary art heightened their awareness of pressing social and societal issues. The Hoffmanns were enthusiastic about the rich diversity of artistic expression, which they saw as a key characteristic of contemporary art, and they were looking for innovation. Over the years, they expanded their private collection. Now numbering some 1200 works, it is second to none, both nationally and internationally. In 2018, it was donated to the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.
The exhibition offers deep insights into the collection in all its individuality, subjectivity and intensely private nature. The focus is on the relevance and impact of the works today.
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