The Marx Collection in Wroclaw
The contemporary art museum in Berlin known as the Hamburger Bahnhof is closely linked to the collection of art assembled by the Berlin businessman Erich Marx. It was Marx’s donation of works from his collection that initiated the transformation of the former train station (Bahnhof), which opened in 1996 as one of the exhibition spaces belonging to Berlin’s National Gallery (Nationalgalerie).
Today, it has become one of the largest museums for contemporary art in the world and has been a permanent home to the works of the Marx Collection for over 20 years.
This year, however, the collection – which very rarely leaves the hallowed halls of the Hamburger Bahnhof – is set to be an exception, seeing as a part of the Marx Collection will travel to the National Museum in Wroclaw, a city celebrating its year-long tenure as European Capital of Culture in 2016.
Highlights of the Marx Collection will be on display in Wroclaw, thus creating a link between the cultural imaginations of both cities. The exhibition will be held under the title Summer Rental and feature several exemplary works of well-known artists such as Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly and Andy Warhol, who form the heart of the collection.
In addition, the exhibition will also highlight Erich Marx’s versatile approach to collecting works of art.