Exhibition „ZERO und NOUVEAU RÉALISME: Die Befragung der Wirklichkeit“, Stiftung Ahlers Pro Arte, Hanover, February 26 - June 26, 2016
Artworks: Yves Klein, ahlers collection © Yves Klein Estate, ADAGP, Paris / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
The origins of the ahlers collection lie in the 1950s. Since then, the collection, which has traditionally focused on classic modernism, has been built up and expanded and today comprises over 2,000 works by some 500 artists, with many pieces of international contemporary art added over the years. All types of works are collected, i.e. paintings, sculptures, works on paper, printed graphics, photography and objects of all kinds.
A strong focus is placed on German expressionism, with works by such artists as Alexej von Jawlensky, Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Gabriele Münter and Emil Nolde. Also featured prominently are the members of the Nouveau Réalisme, the artistic movement founded in 1960, including Arman, César, Raymond Hains, Yves Klein, Mimmo Rotella, Daniel Spoerri and Jacques Villeglé. Fluxus, the international group of avant-garde artists, is represented by Swiss intermedia artist Dieter Roth, US poet and performance artist Emmett Williams and German sculptor and action artist Joseph Beuys. The collection comprises other important blocks such as contemporary Chinese art and old master drawings.
Alexej von Jawlensky, Frau mit roter Bluse, Oil on board, 54 x 49 cm
permanent loan to Franz Marc Museum, Kochel am See
Art & Fashion
Both art and fashion are based on the idea of creativity. They train the eye and stimulate the senses. It is therefore Ahlers's motivation to integrate selected objects of art into the daily working environment for its employees and guests, to build a bridge between art and fashion.
ahlers collection on tour
The ahlers collection maintains excellent contacts with renowned museums and art institutions in Germany and abroad. Many works of art are loaned to temporary exhibitions, and there are long-term cooperations, e.g. with Sprengel Museum in Hannover or Franz Marc Museum in Kochel. Works from the ahlers collection are also exhibited regularly at the Ahlers Pro Arte gGmbH foundation.
The list below shows current exhibitions featuring works from the ahlers collection (only available in German language):