11.07.2008 to 24.08.2008
To mark the opening of the Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg with its Surrealist masterpieces, the Museum Berggruen is putting three newly acquired paintings and one sculpture piece from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection on display.
Alberto Giacometti, who was closely associated with Surrealism during the 1910s and 1920s, was prized as an artist by Heinz Berggruen just as he was by Dieter Scharf and Friedrich Christian Flick in their turn. The "Große Stehende Frau III" in the foyer of his museum was Heinz Berggruen's last gift to the National Gallery. Right up until his death, Heinz Berggruen followed the plans for the Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg, to be housed in the building designed by Stüler directly opposite the Museum Berggruen, with a great sense of warmth and affection and gave his wholehearted backing to the presentation of the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection in the National Gallery's Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin.
And it is for this reason that we have arranged a rendezvous of the National Gallery collectors under the vestige of Alberto Giacometti in honour of the opening of the Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg.