From the 1960s onwards, the fashion entrepreneur Theo Wormland (1907-1983) amassed one of the most important private collections of Surrealist works in Germany. Masterpieces by Max Ernst, Richard Oelze, René Magritte and Pablo Picasso have been on loan to the Sammlung Moderne Kunst since 1983 and radiate a unique brilliance of their own. In 2013, the Pinakothek der Moderne is celebrating the bequest of the Wormland Collection to the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen.
In addition to the important classical Surrealist works, the exhibition also highlights the private collection’s second focal point – New Figuration. Following Surrealism, artists of this movement composed enigmatic pictorial worlds in the 1960s and ’70s that magically alienate reality and transcend it in a fantastical manner. Sculptures and objects by Bernard Schultze and Rolf Szymanski will be shown in the exhibition, as will paintings by Horst Antes, Werner Heldt, Bruno Goller, Konrad Klapheck and Fernando Botero.
The comprehensive catalogue documents the multifaceted and long-standing sponsorship of the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen through Hartwig Garnerus and the Theo Wormland Foundation. In addition to the 70 works and artists in the collection, the publication also outlines the financial support provided by the Wormland Foundation, with whose assistance it was possible for masterpieces by Georg Baselitz, Lovis Corinth, Salvador Dalí and George Grosz to be acquired for the Sammlung Moderne Kunst.
Accompanying the exhibition a multimedia guide will be provided including comprehensive background information and illustration. Interested visitors can use the multimedia guide on their smartphones by downloading a free app for Apple iOS and Android smartphones in German or English.