Picasso, Klee, Kandinsky

Masterpieces of the swiss Rupf collection

26 October 2007 - 26 November 2007

The collection of Hermann Rupf and his wife is considered one of the most important private collections of classic modern art today. Hermann Rupf, haberdasher born in Bern in 1880, and his wife, Margit Rupf-Wirz, began to develop their collection in 1907. At this time, they purchased their first pictures, paintings by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, which today are regarded among the most significant compositions of early Cubism. They engaged intensively in the art of their era, including its popularisation and introduction – Hermann Rupf was art and music critic for Bern daily paper Berner Tagwacht for over 20 years. They often purchased the pieces of their collection immediately, in the same year that they were made.

Within the framework of a travelling exhibition treating the collection, celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the Hermann und Margit Rupf-Stiftung, a glimpse is offered into the collection – including the most significant pieces, such as, for instance, the Fauves (Derain, Friesz), the Cubists (Braque, Picasso, Gris and Léger), as well as the works of Paul Klee and Kandinsky. The show premiered at the Kunstmuseum in Bern (2 December 2005 – 26 February 2006), then we displayed in Grenoble (25 March – 5 June 2006).

Hermann Rupf had a life-long friendship with the Parisian art dealer and gallerist, Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, for whom he was one of the very first clients, and with whose assistance he also managed to visit Picasso's atelier. The Rupf couple were also in constant contact with Paul Klee from 1913, nurturing the connection and supporting the artist with their purchases of his paintings.

The couple – in the absence of heirs – established the foundation bearing their name in 1954, with the purpose of preserving and expanding the collection, which is kept at the Kunstmuseum in Bern. Thanks to subsequent acquisitions by the foundation, the collection that originally counted 300 pieces, has expanded to include 900 artworks.

As the third site of the travelling exhibition, the Budapest audience can become acquainted with the most distinguished compositions of the Rupf Collection in 2007.

Curator: Judit Geskó

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