Max Beckmann, Blick aus dem Fenster in Baden-Baden,1936, Öl auf Leinwand, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Special Exhibition: The Frieder Burda Collection
Comprising circa 1,000 paintings, sculptures and artworks on paper, the Frieder Burda Collection ranks among the most important and qualitatively valuable private art collections in Europe today. Although the collection unites trailblazing positions in 20th- and 21st- century art, its primary focus is
on the second half of the 20th century. Frieder Burda finds a quality and emotionality that stir the senses in the coolly aloof aesthetic of Gerhard Richter, in the imaginative cosmos of ideas of Sigmar Polke (which he expresses through playfully sensual mixes of materials), and also in the rawness of Georg Baselitz’s expressive paintings. Their work is especially comprehensively represented here and comprises the essential core of this collection. Since the turn of the millennium, this collector has focused his activities on current positions in the younger generation of artists, as well as on photography. Recent works by Andreas Gursky and Rodney Graham have accordingly also found their places in the collection. Museum Frieder Burda presents itself at art KARLSRUHE 2018 with a concentrated cross-section of its highlights, thus offering a view of the rich diversity of the collection.