Karl Nierendorf Estate

Karl Nierendorf Estate

In 1948 the Guggenheim Foundation purchased the entire estate of New York art dealer Karl Nierendorf (1889–1947). The acquisition of the estate of Karl Nierendorf expanded the breadth of the Guggenheim collection through the addition of important German and Austrian Expressionist works, such as Oskar Kokoschka’s Knight Errant (1915), and Surrealist paintings such as Joan Miró’s Personage (1925). It also ushered in a large concentration of works by Paul Klee—over 50 paintings and works on paper, including Red Balloon (1922)—and several early paintings by Adolph Gottlieb, among the first works by a member of the nascent school of Abstract Expressionism to enter the Guggenheim’s collection. More

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alt Paul Klee, Red Balloon, 1922 Joan Miró, Personage, 1925 Adolf Gottlieb, Augury, 1945

Left to Right: Paul Klee, Red Balloon (Roter Ballon), 1922; Joan Miró, Personage, 1925; Adolf Gottlieb, Augury, 1945


Top, installation view: From Berlin to New York: Karl Nierendorf and the Guggenheim, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, January 26, 2008–May 4, 2008. Photo: David Heald © SRGF

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Elizabeth Peyton, Keith (From Gimme Shelter), 2004

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