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Museum Villa Stuck Museum Villa Stuck

October 18, 2012 – February 3, 2013

The Gunter Sachs Collection
From Max Ernst to Andy Warhol

The Villa Stuck Museum is presenting the most important works from the vast Gunter Sachs collection. Organized in collaboration with the family of Gunter Sachs and the Tübingen Institute for Cultural Exchange, the exhibition documents Gunter Sachs' passion for collecting art, which was in full swing by 1960, the year Yves Klein founded the “Nouveau Réalisme” group in Paris together with Arman, Jean Tinguely, Raymand Hains and other artists, and Sachs made the acquaintance of Jean Fautrier, one of the leading representatives of “Informel”.

Gunter Sachs died suddenly in May 2011. As a photographer, businessman and art collector, Gunter Sachs was able to follow, experience and influence the development of art over the past fifty years in a way that very few others could. He was a patron of the arts and a gallerist, became well-known as a documentary filmmaker and a photographer and started collecting modern art at a time when only a small number of people in Germany were interested in it. His art collection is a truly unique art-historical legacy.

The Gunter Sachs Collection, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, 2012, Photo: Katrin Schilling

The exhibition includes works of art from France, ranging from Yves Tanguy and the artists of “Nouveau Réalisme”, most prominently Yves Klein and Arman, to Jean Tinguely. Examples of the “Informel” art include works by Jean Fautrier, Georges Mathieu and Wols. In addition to that, impressive individual works, for instance by Lucio Fontana or Joseph Kosuth, will also be on display. One section of the exhibition is dedicated to the Pop Art of Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol; five works, i.a. by Bansky, are graffiti which Sachs started collecting from the start of the new millennium. A separate section shows early photographs by Andy Warhol and photographs ranging from Andreas Feininger and Will McBride to Thomas Ruff and Izima Kaoru.

With this first major exhibition of the Gunter Sachs collection since his death, the relationship between Gunter Sachs and Villa Stuck has finally come full circle: from September 8 – October 20, 1967, the Modern Art Museum München e.V. (MAM) staged the very first exhibition of works from the Gunter Sachs collection on the same premises in Prinzregentenstraße. Works by Arman, Jean Fautrier, Yves Klein and Wols were at the heart of the presentation, accompanied by works of Francis Bacon, Giorgio de Chirico, Victor Brauner, Fontana, Roy Lichtenstein and Yves Tanguy. The MAM wanted to build a platform for the young, international art scene in Germany — and by inducing radical, and sometimes risky, changes thus wanted to turn the hesitant, conservative German art world into something new.

From 1967 until 1972, Gunter Sachs and Konstantin von Bayern jointly served as presidents of MAM. Other key personalities at the time included Wolfgang Christlieb, a lawyer and author, and the lawyer Claus Bastian. They were joined by Christian Diener, exhibition designer and former twen graphic designer, who later said about the presentation of the Gunter Sachs collection at the Villa Stuck: “ At the time, it was meant to be more than just the presentation of some thought-provoking contemporary pictures, previously almost unknown in Germany ; Gunter Sachs wanted to turn the exhibition itself into a piece of art.” The museum quickly became a much-frequented meeting point for artists and art connoisseurs from all over the world and a stronghold of modernity in the 1960s. Only one thing the MAM enthusiasts had dreamed of remained unfulfilled: plans for the construction of an exhibition hall dedicated to contemporary art were foiled just before the Olympic Games in 1972.