Bernd Schultz Collection
The human face is the guiding light of the Grisebach founder’s collection of works on paper, to be sold at auction to benefit his long-wished-for goal.
It is the people within the images which have always fascinated Bernd Schultz, stoked his curiosity and which will continue to inspire him; their thoughts, life experiences and most secret passions. The whole spectrum of human life gazes out at us from the works in the collection. From the confident, striking features and life lines on paper, the foundations of a tremendous vision take shape thanks to this auction: the establishment of an ExilMuseum in Berlin to commemorate the displaced persons of history. For this purpose, Bernd Schultz presents his collection of drawings which has been assembled over six decades with true passion.
The collection of almost 400 works covers a wide range, from the Gothic period into the present day. Watteau and Warhol, Menzel and Baselitz, Corinth and Picasso are represented. Oskar Kokoschka’s twitchy lines from the early 20th century segue into an unsentimental portrait by Max Beckmann and the existentialism of Käthe Kollwitz. The confident draughtsmanship of contemporary artists like Bruce Nauman adds further to the sumptuous depth of the collection.
Just as the lines of a drawing provide insight into the mind of the artist, bright minds of today have written about these works – personally, passionately and poetically. Their texts express the conscious farewell of the collector and provide a powerful surge for success in this new project.
Contact: Dr. Stefan Körner
Highlights from the Collection
Oskar Kokoschka. „Selbstbildnis“. 1920. Chalk on yellowish transfer paper. Estimate EUR 200,000–300,000
Andy Warhol. „Hand with ink pen“. Circa 1953. Pen and India ink and pencil on paper (from a sketch book). Estimate EUR 15,000–20,000
Edgar Degas. Cavalier. 1866/73. Pencil on brownish paper, laid down on paper. Estimate EUR 90,000–120,000
Pablo Picasso. Page d'album - „Études“. 1904. Pen and India ink, washed grey in places, on paper. Estimate EUR 90,000–120,000
Adolph Menzel. Blumenpflückende Frauen („Statt der Vorrede“). Circa 1848. Watercolour on brown cardboard. Estimate EUR 40,000–60,000
Martin Drolling. Der Sohn des Künstlers, lesend. Circa 1800. Red chalk and pencil on laid paper. Estimate EUR 10,000–15,000
Antoine Watteau. „Étude de jeune homme assis, la jambe droite et la main levées“. Red chalk on thin laid paper. Estimate EUR 70,000–90,000
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018
© Elisabeth Nay-Scheibler, Köln/ VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018
© Fondation Oskar Kokoschka/ VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018
© Succession Picasso / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018