The Peter C. Ruppert Collection – Concrete Art in Europe after 1945

Special exhibition: The Peter C. Ruppert Collection – Concrete Art in Europe after 1945
Rosemarie and Peter C. Ruppert in front of artworks by Heijo Hangen in 2011 | Photo: A. Schollenberger

At the edition of art KARLSRUHE 2019 and on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, the art fair was entirely dedicated its special exhibition to the private collection of Peter C. Ruppert and thus to Constructive-Concrete art. In addition to this special exhibition in Hall 1, the programmes of the exhibiting galleries also included numerous works of Concrete Art.

Right from the start, Peter C. Ruppert’s enthusiasm was sparked by reduction to the essentials, a salient characteristic of Constructive-Concrete Art, which was distinguished by rational composition of the picture and, at the same time, by surprising perceptual effects. Much patience and great specialized expertise throughout more than thirty years led to the compilation of “The Peter C. Ruppert Collection – Concrete Art in Europe after 1945”.

Works by artists ranging from Josef Albers and Max and Jakob Bill, through Leo Erb, to Richard Paul Lohse, David Nash and others will be shown at art KARLSRUHE 2019. The Peter C. Ruppert Collection comprises a total of 420 artworks, including paintings, sculptures, objects and works on paper by circa 240 artists from twenty-three European countries.

Initially on his own and afterwards in collaboration with his wife Rosemarie, this collector, who was born in 1934 and lives in Berlin, compiled a collection of Concrete Art which is among the most diverse of its kind and is unique in Europe. Its specialties include Concrete photography and works by artists from Great Britain. Nearly the entire collection is on permanent loan to the Museum im Kulturspeicher in Würzburg, where it can be viewed by the public. Awarded the Bavarian Museum Prize in 2005, this museum unites two collections under its roof: Würzburg’s Municipal Collection and the privately owned “Peter C. Ruppert Collection – Concrete Art in Europe after 1945”.

Concrete Art in the Galleries’ Programmes – A Preview

Artists from the milieu of the ZERO Movement, including Bernard Aubertin, Piero Dorazio, Gotthard Graubner, Heinz Mack, Christian Megert, Otto Piene, Günther Uecker and others, will be strongly represented at art KARLSRUHE in 2019 and thus more than sixty years after Mack and Piene founded the ZERO Movement. A number of pictures by Constructivists such as Günter Fruhtrunk, who died in 1982, and Georg Karl Pfahler, who passed away in 2002, will likewise be shown at the upcoming art KARLSRUHE. This sixteenth edition of the International Fair for Classic Modern and Contemporary Art promises to offer a strong presence by “painters and sculptors of silence” ranging Josef Albers through Antonio Calderara to Victor Vasarely and Ludwig Wilding.

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