The Museum Berggruen Is a Guest at the Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg

21.09.2022 until further notice
Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg

While the Museum Berggruen is closed for major renovations, and a large section of the collection is on tour, the Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg has made museum space available on it’s first upper level to show a small but representative selection of Berggruen works. In addition to Alberto Giacometti’s Katze (Cat, 1951), which found its place inside the Stüler building entrance, works by Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse and Paul Cézanne now hang on the walls around Giacometti’s Große stehende Frau III (Large Standing Woman III, 1960).

Early Contact with the Surrealists

Three of these artists – Giacometti, Picasso and Klee – were in contact with the Surrealists, who are now the main focus of the Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg. In this context, juxtapositions of works, such as Klee’s Drüber und drunter (Over and Under, 1932) and Picasso’s Bildnis Nusch (Portrait of Nusch, 1937), also recall the collage techniques of Max Ernst and Kurt Schwitters.

Portraits of Women

Another small group of works takes portraits of women as its subject: Cézanne’s Junges Mädchen mit offenem Haar (Young Girl with Loose Hair, 1873‒74), Picasso’s Frauenkopf (Female Head, 1908), Klee’s Rotes Mädchen mit gelbem Topfhut (Red Girl with Yellow Pot Hat, 1919) and Matisse’s portrait of Lorette (1917).

View into the presentation of the collection "Surreal Worlds"
© Jean Dubuffet / Kurt Schwitters / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg / Thomas Bruns

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