The Hubert Looser Collection in the extended Kunsthaus
After a number of years searching Hubert Looser has found a partner that shares his philosophy and with which he can achieve his goals. The Kunsthaus Zürich will keep the groups of works and masterpieces that he has collected in the Fondation Hubert Looser together and make them accessible to the public on a long-term basis. To that end, the Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft and the Fondation Hubert Looser signed an agreement in April 2012 that will enable the Kunsthaus Zürich to choose 70 works from his collection and exhibit them on long-term loan from 2017 in the Kunsthaus extension by David Chipperfield.
The Hubert Looser Collection is an outstanding addition to the holdings of the Kunsthaus Zürich: six new works – including earlier pieces – by the American artist Cy Twombly will complement the important group already held by the Kunsthaus. The art of John Chamberlain and David Smith will provide a striking counterpoint to the Abstract Expressionism of Jackson Pollock. The Kunsthaus will be able to display a representative gathering of wall-mounted sculptures by Donald Judd. Ellsworth Kelly and Al Taylor, too, have until now been significantly under-represented. One exceptional new highlight is the ensemble of nine works by Willem de Kooning, including the triptych from 1985 and the celebrated bronze sculpture ‘Hostess’ from 1973. There are also two paintings by the important abstract artist Agnes Martin – the first to enter the Kunsthaus – as well as prints by Brice Marden, while two images by Robert Ryman will establish a dialogue with those in the Kunsthaus collection. The mythical and archaic qualities of nature, hitherto represented at the Kunsthaus primarily by the works of Joseph Beuys and Mario Merz, are afforded new prominence with the addition of installations by Giuseppe Penone, while sculptures by Lucio Fontana complement the ensemble of his ‘Concetti spaziali.’ Looser‘s large outdoor sculptural installation by Tony Smith will find a new home in the art garden.
The Kunsthaus Zürich will be staging dynamic presentations of its collection from 2017 onwards, with annually changing constellations featuring its own works, those from the Hubert Looser Collection and, perhaps, other pieces on loan. The curators will have several hundred square metres of space in which to showcase Hubert Loosers preference for thematically arranged juxtapositions of different genres and formats. Hundreds of thousands of visitors a year will have the opportunity to see the Hubert Looser Collection at a prominent location in the heart of Zurich.