Cool Place. Scharpff Collection

Cool Place. Scharpff Collection

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart

Jeff Koons, Titi, 2003. Oil on canvas, 274.3 x 213.4 cm. Scharpff Collection, Stuttgart. Photo: Jeff Koons. © Jeff Koons.

July 25, 2014

Cool Place. Scharpff Collection
July 26–November 16, 2014

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart
Kleiner Schlossplatz 1
70173 Stuttgart
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Friday 10am–9pm

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The major exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart will offer the first comprehensive overview of paintings from the private art collection of Ute and Rudolf Scharpff.

In the 1960s, Ute and Rudolf Scharpff began to collect art as a young couple. Over the decades, their collection has grown to include some 200 works by 35 international artists created between 1960 and 2013. The couple developed a preference for painting, and the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart will now be dedicating an exhibition to this focus of their collection with 65 works by 15 artists.

Cool Place. Scharpff Collection features works by renowned contemporary artists whose approaches range from abstract to figurative and conceptual. The exhibition includes examples of Neo-Realism as well as works that are influenced by Appropriation Art, Constructivism and Op-Art. The presentation will begin with paintings by Philip Guston, who brought expressive figurative painting back into American post-war art in the late 1960s, and Bridget Riley, who has been one of the most important representatives of geometric painting since the 1960s. The exhibition covers the period between 1975 and 2013 and brings together works by painters who were born between the 1950s and 1970s and explore new approaches to painting as a medium of pictorial production. This spectrum of works will be augmented with sculptures by Glenn Brown, Jeff Koons and Rebecca Warren as well as films by Darren Almond, which demonstrate the significance of painting as a form of expression in other genres.

The close relationship between the private collectors and the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart began six years ago, when the couple initiated an enduring partnership with four German museums in order to make their collection accessible to the public. Since then, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Kunstmuseum Bonn, the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart have had access to a pool of works to supplement their own collections or show in special exhibitions.

Free entrance on Fridays (after 6pm), Saturdays and Sundays
Free public guided tours (in German)
Friday 6pm, Saturday 4pm and Sunday 3pm and 4pm

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