Friday, December 2, 2016

German couple donate their 150-piece collection to Berlin

By Hili Perlson
The art collectors Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch in front of Andre Masson's Massacre (1931) in the New National Gallery in Berlin, in 2009, during the presentation of the exhibition "Picture Dreams. Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch Collection". The masterpieces, owned by the couple, are part of the internationally most significant collections of surrealist art. Photo courtesy Axel Schmidt/AFP /Getty Images
GERMANY---German collectors Heiner and Ulla Pietzsch will gift their 150-piece strong collection to the city of Berlin. The Pietzsch’s collection is considered one of the most outstanding private collections of modern art. Started in 1964, their extraordinary collection is characterized by two core themes: European Surrealism, and its reception in the US by the Abstract Expressionists. Among some of its highlights are works by Max Ernst, René Magritte, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Paul Delvaux, Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, and Barnett Newmann, as well as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. [link]