Item Number: 149680
Title: Chambre Privée : Meisterwerke aus dem Wohnzimmer eines Sammlers
Author: Ayooghi, Sarvenaz (ed)
Record created on 11/05/18
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Description: Petersberg: Imhof, 2018. 27cm., pbk., 128pp., 60 color illus. Exhibition held at Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum Aachen. German text.
Summary: What does the living room look like of an art lover who collects "Old Mas ters? Does it have a Brueghel hanging over the sofa? And perhaps a Brouwer right next to the TV arm chair? Does a passionate collector of the arts even watch TV? The new exhibition series "Chambre Privee" will offer a loose succession of glimpses into such private spheres - as pop-up living rooms featuring original paintings and using photo canvases to capture the ambience and atmosphere of the art collector's home. The series of exhibitions will kick off with the living room of a private collector whose collection consists almost exclusively of Flemish and Dutch paintings. His initial inspi ration to collect came from a still life exhibition in Munster in 1979, which left such a lasting impression on him that he gave up his former passion for hunting. From then on - much to the delight of his wife - the hunting trophies on the walls at home gave way to paintings. The result is the living room as it looks today: a walk-in still life and, at the same time, a realisation of the 91-year-old collector's vision. His successful hunts for high-quality masterpieces have brought home works by the likes of Jan Brueghel the Elder, Peter Paul Rubens, Frans Snyders, Adriaen Brouwer and Paul Bril.
His very first acquisition was a still life by the Dutch painter Jan van Os (1744 - 1808). "Quality was always our top priority. But first we had to work out what exactly quality means", says the collector. "My wife and I visited museums all over the world. Only through the act of looking can you sharpen your eye for quality. Numerous acquisitions followed - especially during the 1980s and '90s - all of them of the highest quality and with close connections to each other. For example, Jan Brueghel the Elder's "Seascape with Tomb of the Scipios" hangs flanked by works of his artist colleagues Joos de Momper and Paul Bril. Frans Snyders, the specialist for hunting and animal still lifes, painted at least 60 hunting scenes and animals for Peter Paul Rubens. Rubens, in turn, a passionate art collector himself, was the documented owner of 17 paintings by Adriaen Brouwer. And so, over the years, an eminently harmonious art collection evolved which now - for the very first time - the general public is also able to see and appreciate. The exhibition will be presented in two parts: first the Flemish paintings will come to Aachen; then, in early 2020, the Dutch paintings will be following.
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