The Frankfurt patron and photographer Ulrike Crespo bequeathed 90 of her works of the highest quality to the Städel Museum, as the museum announced.
The donation includes outstanding paintings and works on paper from Classical Modernism and international post-war art, including works by Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Otto Dix, Max Ernst, Fernand Léger, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly and others. A highlight is Oskar Schlemmer’s watercolor for his world-famous painting “Bauhaus Staircase” (New York, Museum of Modern Art).
“Ulrike Crespo left the Städel Museum a real treasure, one can speak of a donation of the century. A donation for a museum collection can always be considered an award for curatorial achievements. Many of the nuns’ new works close content-related gaps that have entered the public consciousness of the art-loving public due to decades of exhibition activities.
The Städel Museum is one of the first German museums to open up through acquisitions by the Impressionists, thus paving the way for a collection of modernism in the first place. All the more gratefully we can appreciate that.
Johann Friedrich Städel still finds imitators today, ”says Ina Hartwig, head of the Department of Culture and Science.
The Städel Museum is honoring this donation with a special exhibition entitled “Signs of Friendship. Ulrike Crespo gives presents to the Städel Museum ”. From November 24, 2021 to March 6, 2022, selected works from the legacy will enter into a dialogue with works from the collection of the Städel Museum.
More information is available online at staedelmuseum.de/external link .
(Text: PM City of Frankfurt)