A Celebration of the Feminine in Art: The Klöcker Collection as a Special Exhibition at art Karlsruhe 2022

Photo: Wolfgang Stahr
Maria Lucia and Ingo Klöcker next to a mask-like sculpture by Leiko Ikemura ("Kitsune Blue", 2011) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, in the background the painting "The Last Droplets of the Day", 2015 by the painter Aleah Chapin; Photo: Wolfgang Stahr

The annual special exhibition of a private collection at art KARLSRUHE provides an in-depth insight into the passion and commitment of private collecting. Special exhibitions shown, such as those of the Würth Collection (2017), Frieder Burda (2018), Peter C. Ruppert (2019), or Hans-Peter Haas Foundation (2020), will be followed in 2022 by a presentation specifically dedicated to the motif of the feminine in art. Under the title "Women: Klöcker Collection," the couple of the same name will present a representative selection of their private collection of artistic depictions of women. After the special show was already scheduled to be shown in 2021, the Klöcker Collection will now receive the appreciation it deserves at the 19th edition of art KARLSRUHE.

Cultivating a love of art together

Maria Lucia and Ingo Klöcker, both of whom hold doctorates in law from Bad Homburg, began acquiring art in the late 1980s. From the very beginning, the focus was on portrayals of women in post-war and contemporary art. The feminine in art therefore runs like a thread through the entire collection, whether painted or sculpted by female artists. The collection, which has been assembled for around four decades, brings together the work of lesser-known artists as well as works by renowned celebrities. The spectrum of positions is not only international in character, but also wide-ranging: from Stephan Balkenhol, Erich Fischl, Franz Gertsch, Alex Katz and Thomas Schütte to Erich Kissing, Wolfgang Mattheuer, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter and Arno Rink. Naturally, an extraordinary number of female painters, photographers and sculptors are represented, including Barbara Klemm, Cornelia Schleime, Katharina Sieverding, Kiki Smith and Nancy Spero. In selecting their works, the Klöckers are primarily concerned with artistic expertise. The diverse and stylistically wide-ranging paintings and sculptures are united by their high quality of craftsmanship: "An important criterion for the collection was the virtuoso mastery of artistic techniques," explains Ingo Klöcker. In addition, the Bad Homburgers attach great importance to the search for supra-temporal positions. "To collect beyond the changing tastes of the time, that was a concern from the very beginning." Their shared love of art is no less important. Already as teenagers, both had drawn and painted a lot before they began to discover the art world as a duo during their studies.