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About the love that inhabits all things

The collection of Wilfried and Gisela Fitting

09.11.2017 - 28.01.2018

When in 2009 Wilfried Fitting gave the watercolor Von der Liebe in den Dingen (About the Love that Inhabits All Things) by Max Ernst to the Kunstmuseum Bonn as a gift, he thus not only expressed his close connection to the museum, but at the same time this gesture offered a glance at what Wilfried Fitting had planned for the future of his art collection, which he and his wife had been building up since the 1960s.

The collection is characterized by impressive and comprehensive groups of works by Max Ernst, Hans Arp, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso including paintings, sculptures, drawings and graphic prints. The collectors also had a special interest in the art of Hann Trier and Eduardo Chillida, whose works mark the end of the period which the collection covers, i.e. the time from the 1920s until the late 20th century. Works by Paul Klee, Alexej von Jawlensky, Joan Miró and others complement the collection and reflect the great consequence and expertise with which it was built up.

The collection focuses on artists who dealt with the world's transformation through fantasy and with alternative stories of nature; artists who created new forms inspired by the creative potential of the collage. Thus, a thoughtful and intimate collection was built up based on the collectors' view, which was free of any museum related constraints. Nevertheless, the collection achieves to point out the importance of each of its artists for the art profile of the 20th century.

When Wilfried Fitting passed away in 2012, the collection was integrated into the Prof. med. Wilfried and Gisela Fitting Foundation, which has given all works to the Kunstmuseum Bonn on permanent loan. The works enrich and expand the museum's own collection, especially in regard to the art of August Macke, the Rhenish Expressionists and Max Ernst. The exhibition will present for the first time a selection from the over 200 works that are part of the Fitting collection and will thus point out its qualities which are going to shape the public's perception of the Kunstmuseum Bonn in the future.

Wirth the kind support of the Prof. Dr. med. Wilfried and Gisela Fitting foundation.

All works © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Header: Max Ernst, L'idole (Detail), 1926, Öl auf Leinwand, 38 x 46 cm; On the right side: Joan Miró, Femme dans la nuit, 1976, Öl und Bleistift auf Leinwand, 27 x 19 cm

Pablo Picasso, Jaqueline au Chevalet, 1956, Ton, 42 x 42 x 4 cm

Max Ernst, Homme, 1960/1961, Feinsilber, 28 x 12 x 12 cm

Roy Lichtenstein, Untitled (Still Life), 1993, Magna auf Leinwand, 43,5 x 51 cm