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Past exhibition

The Collection of Hermann and Margrit Rupf

11.11.2016 - 04.23.2017

The first private Swiss collectors to treasure abstract and contemporary art, Hermann and Margrit Rupf amassed their collection according to their personal taste. This exhibition features 70 works from the Rupf Collection including paintings by key artists from the first half of the 20th century, such as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger, Paul Klee, or Vasily Kandinsky, yuxtaposed to pieces by contemporary artists from the second half of the 20th century until today.

The Rupf Foundation was created in 1954 to conserve, consolidate, and expand these holdings, which were deposited at the Kunstmuseum Bern in the early 1960s. Hermann and Margrit Rupf also left the Foundation the rest of their assets to guarantee the growth of these funds in the future. Thus, the Rupf Stiftung focuses on recent contemporary art without losing sight of the core of the Collection, comprised of the impressive works of art gathered by the Rupfs.,

Traveling to Spain for the first time for this occasion and with works created between 1907 and 2016, the exhibition reveals the coherence and evolution of the Collection of Hermann and Margrit Rupf as a testament to the art of their time.

For further insights about the Rupfs’ biography and their role as art collectors and patrons please visit the Didaktika space dedicated to the show.

The Exhibition

D.-H. Kahnweiler-en

Pablo Picasso (Málaga, Spain, 1881–Mougins, France, 1973)
Portrait of D.-H. Kahnweiler II, 1957
Lithography
65 x 49 cm
Hermann und Margrit Rupf-Stiftung, Kunstmuseum Bern
© Sucesión Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid, 2016

Violin Hanging on a Wall (The Violin)

Pablo Picasso (Málaga, Spain, 1881–Mougins, France, 1973)
Violin Hanging on a Wall (The Violin) (Un violon accroché au mur [Le violon]), 1913
Oil and sand on canvas
65 x 46 cm
Hermann und Margrit Rupf-Stiftung, Kunstmuseum Bern
© Sucesión Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid, 2016

Aurpegia hodeian

Meret Oppenheim (Berlin, 1913–Basiel, Switzerland, 1985)
A Face in a Cloud (Gesicht in Wolke), 1971
Rugosit and wood, oil and watercolor, and varnish
39 x 39 x 13 cm
Hermann und Margrit Rupf-Stiftung, Kunstmuseum Bern
© Meret Oppenheim, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2016

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