The Biedermann Collection has important pieces from contemporary, international artists, including figurative and abstract art as well as many sculptures. Whether material and surfaces, cityscapes or a homage to the colour black, the exhibits promise an exciting voyage of discovery through current art trends.
Margit Biedermann has been collecting art for over thirty years. At the outset, towards the end of the 1970s, the focus was on representational art. She was living in Berlin and bought works by the "Neuen Wilden", artists such as Helmut Middendorf, Rainer Fetting and the Briton Matthew Radford, who were all living there at that time.
That marked the start of a superb collection that the collector, together with her husband Lutz Biedermann, established in the 1980s and which has been growing ever since. It bears the individual hallmark of Margit Biedermann who establishes a personal contact with the artists, often accompanying them over many years and buying their landmark works.
The collection follows two mainstreams:
On the one side there is the figurative art of the "Neuen Wilden" with their idiosyncratic imagery and their quasi-expressive colourations. On the other side, the focus is on abstract art, whereby the collection does concentrate on innovative, fringe areas such as the Roman school of Nunzio and Pizzi Cannella. Whilst their roots are in representational art, they attempt to find the maximum abstraction in objects, through a "Process of revealment". There are also examples of Darío Álvares Basso's work as well as purist wooden sculptures from the Welsh artist David Nash or paintings from Paolo Serra who, using colour recipes that have been handed down over the generations, creates his own powerful colour space.
For some years now, the collection has been extended to include works from a very young generation of artists, who place particular emphasis on materiality and surface. With their conceptual and to some extent radical approach, these artists such as May Cornet, Andreas Kocks or Sebastian Kuhn are also moving in the contradictory areas of figuration and abstraction. Up till now, parts of the collection were on loan to various exhibitions in municipal galleries, museums and other facilities in Baden-Württemberg.
At a glance
Biedermann Collection – Collection of international, contemporary art since the 1980s. Pieces, mainly paintings, graphics, drawings and sculpture, from around 150 artists.
Includes Michael von Brentano (D), Pierro Pizzi Cannella (I), May Cornet (GB), Louis De Mayo (USA), Gianni Dessi (I), Nunzio (I), Dorothy Fratt (USA), Maria Elena González (USA / CH), Jinmo Kang (D / KR), Elsworth Kelly (USA), Andreas Kocks (D / USA), Bodo Korsig (D / USA), Sebastian Kuhn (D), Gerhard Langenfeld (D), Camill Leberer (D), Luigi Mainolfi (I), Helmut Middendorf (D), Michael Müller (D / IN), David Nash (GB), Matthew Radford (GB), Hubert Rieber (D), Gert Riel (D), Stefan Rohrer (D), Roland Schauls (LU), Felix Schlenker (D), Reiner Seliger (D), Paolo Serra (I), Pierre Soulages (F), James Westwater (GB / USA)