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Exclusive group of Modern Paintings

The cooperation, which involves 65 paintings and a minimum commitment of 20 years, is a chance for Werner Merzbacher to share his passion for art with the public at large. The Kunsthaus Zürich has been given the opportunity to view almost 200 paintings and sculptures and select the works that best complement its own important holdings.

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Wassily Kandinsky, Murnau – Kohlgruberstrasse, 1908, Werner and Gabriele Merzbacher Collection, long-term loan at the Kunsthaus Zürich
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Pablo Picasso, Le couple (Les Misérables), 1904, Werner and Gabriele Merzbacher Collection, long-term loan at the Kunsthaus Zürich © Succession Picasso / 2019 ProLitteris, Zurich
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André Derain, Bâteaux dans le Port de Collioure, 1905, Werner and Gabriele Merzbacher Collection, long-term loan at the Kunsthaus Zürich © 2019 ProLitteris, Zurich
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Max Beckmann, Frau mit Schlange (Schlangenbeschwörerin), 1940, Werner and Gabriele Merzbacher Collection, long-term loan at the Kunsthaus Zürich © 2019 ProLitteris, Zurich
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Henri Matisse, Intérieur à Collioure (La Sieste), 1905, Werner and Gabriele Merzbacher Collection, long-term loan at the Kunsthaus Zürich © Succession Henri Matisse / 2019 ProLitteris, Zurich
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Amedeo Modigliani, Jeanne Hébuterne assise, 1918, Werner and Gabriele Merzbacher Collection, long-term loan at the Kunsthaus Zürich
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Emil Nolde, Sonnenblumen, 1930–1935, Werner and Gabriele Merzbacher Collection, long-term loan at the Kunsthaus Zürich © Stiftung Seebüll, Ada und Emil Nolde, Neukirchen
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Fernand Léger, Les deux disques dans la ville, 1919, Werner and Gabriele Merzbacher Collection, long-term loan at the Kunsthaus Zürich © 2019 ProLitteris, Zurich
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Werner Merzbacher, 2019, Photo © Salvatore Vinci

The artists represented include leading figures from the key European art movements of the 20th century: Impressionism (Monet, Cézanne, Renoir), Post-Impressionism (van Gogh, Picasso), Fauvism (Derain, Matisse, Vlaminck, Braque), the ‘Brücke’ (Heckel and Kirchner), Germans persecuted in the Third Reich such as Nolde, Barlach and Beckmann, ‘Blauer Reiter’ members Jawlensky, Kandinsky and Münter, Italian Futurists (Severini, Boccioni), Russian Constructivists (Malevich, Goncharova and others), the Cubist Léger and Spanish artist Miró. Among the more recent artists of the 1950s to 1990s are Richard Paul Lohse and Sam Francis as well as Calder, González, Tinguely, Moore and Rickey.

The starting point of the collection is the exclusive group of exceptional works that Gabriele Merzbacher-Mayer inherited from her grandparents Bernhard and Auguste Mayer and that, since the 1960s, has been progressively enriched through further acquisitions of great art. Werner Merzbacher picks out those that touch him because, as he says, they resemble his own character. The selection that will be coming to the Kunsthaus therefore tells a dual story, of both art and a family.

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Where can I find the Collection Merzbacher?

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