The Nationalgalerie is pleased to announce the accession of the bronze sculptures "Four Cows" and "Two Vultures" by Rembrandt Bugatti. These two major works by the Italian sculptor will now go on permanent display on Berlin's Museum Island, just two years after the first major retrospective of his art went on show at the Alte Nationalgalerie.
"Two Vultures" was acquired by the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin with assistance from the Verein der Freunde der Nationalgalerie. "Four Cows" by contrast has been generously presented to the Nationalgalerie as a permanent loan from the Ernst von Siemens Art Foundation. The Nationalgalerie - which is spread over several sites, including the Alte Nationalgalerie - has had a Bugatti piece in its collection since 1906: the "French Bulldog", making it the only museum able to show bronzes by the artist in Germany. The year 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of the artist, who died at the young age of just 31.