Exhibition at the museum

Heinz Berggruen, a dealer and his collection

Picasso – Klee – Matisse – Giacometti. Masterpieces from the Museum Berggruen/Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin

From October 02nd, 2024 to January 27th, 2025
Paul Klee (1879-1940)
Paysage en Bleu (Landschaft in Blau), 1917
Collection particulière, en dépôt au Berggruen Museum
© bpk / Museum Berggruen, Privatbesitz / Jens Ziehe / MBGP
Along the same lines as Paul Guillaume, German dealer-collector Heinz Berggruen built up an exceptional collection of 20th century masters. This exhibition explores the relationship of this unusual gallery owner with his artists and his art market network in post-war Paris.

It would be wrong to describe the life of Heinz Berggruen as destiny. He was born to a Jewish family in Berlin, and sought refuge in California at the dawn of the Second World War. After studying in France, his first contacts with the art world were in San Francisco. When the war was over, Berggruen preferred to return to Europe, first to his native country as a journalist, and then to the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. He became weary and little by little made his way into the art market: first he had a gallery on Place Dauphine, and then moved permanently to Rue de l’Université where he specialized in graphic arts of modern artists.

He was passionate about his work and quickly made contacts in the Paris world of culture, and met not just artists to exhibit but also poets, art dealers, historians, critics and collectors of the time. Berggruen made a name for himself in the capital and due to his great success became “his best client”. Guided by his own tastes and affinities, he built up a solid collection of 20th century works from his favorite masters: Picasso and Klee.

Paul Klee (1879-1940), Landscape in Blue (Landschaft in Blau),
Paul Klee (1879-1940)
Landscape in Blue (Landschaft in Blau), 1917
Watercolor, ink on paper primed on cardboard,
18.3 x 24.5 cm. Special collection, on loan to Museum Berggruen © bpk / Museum Berggruen, Privatbesitz / Jens Ziehe / MBGP

The exhibition layout, between monographs and theme-based focuses, emphasizes above all Berggruen’s specific and personal tastes. Although it is clear that it will almost exhaustively highlight the entire careers of Picasso and Klee, as well as Matisse’s remarkable cut-outs and Giacommeti’s skinny sculptures, the exhibition will revolve around Heinz Berggruen, his choices, his encounters and his affinities that guided the creation of this collection.
Donated to the German state in 2000, a few years before the collector’s death, this vast collection resonates particularly with the Walter-Guillaume collection at Musée de l’Orangerie Around a hundred masterpieces by Picasso, Klee, Matisse and Giacometti serve to raise the profile of a major player in Parisian art from the second half of the 20th century.

  1. Monday 9.00am - 6.00pm
  2. Tuesday Closed
  3. Wednesday 9.00am - 6.00pm
  4. Thursday 9.00am - 6.00pm
  5. Friday 9.00am - 6.00pm
  6. Saturday 9.00am - 6.00pm
  7. Sunday 9.00am - 6.00pm
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