The first collectors
25 May to 10 Sept 2017, Museen Böttcherstraße
In 1907 the painter Paula Modersohn-Becker died at the young age of 31, leaving behind an exceptional body of work whose importance was only recognised after her death. The painter’s rise to prominence began in 1909 when the banker August von der Heydt bought around 30 works from her estate. The 17 paintings by Modersohn-Becker on display in the Von der Heydt Museum in Wuppertal are among the most important of her later work. From 25 May to 10 September 2017 this collection will be presented for the first time alongside artworks from the outstanding collection of Bremen coffee merchant Ludwig Roselius. These 35 or so exhibits illustrate Modersohn-Becker’s pioneering modernity and her significance in the history of art, to which these two early collectors made a vital contribution. Von der Heydt not only bought her paintings, he also opened, in 1927, the world’s first museum dedicated to a female painter. It was designed by sculptor Bernhard Hoetger, who had been a fan of Modersohn-Becker’s work from the beginning and who promoted it after her death. Now the Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum in Bremen is exhibiting these two early collections together for the first time.
(admission for both Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum and Museum im Roselius-Haus)
from 10 Persons €6.00 per person
Guided tour (max. 25 persons) €60.00 per group, add. entry
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