From the Guggenheim, the Masterpieces of the Thannahauser Collection

From the Guggenheim, the Masterpieces of the Thannahauser Collection
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Paul Gauguin, Vasilij Kandinskij, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso - that’s just a taste of the great names on display at the Palazzo Reale in the most highly-awaited exhibition of the Fall Season in Milan. Masterpieces by impressionist, post-impressionist and avant-garde masters of the 1900s retrace, along with archival documents, the superb collection of the successful merchant Heinrich Thannhauser and his son Justin which they amassed, starting in 1905, and then donated to the Solomon Guggenheim Foundation in the mid-Sixties. Since then, the Thannhauser Collection has never left the United States - even more reason to run to admire this exhibition curated by Megan Fontanella of the Guggenheim in New York. Among these not-to-be-missed gems, the Blue Mountain by Kandinskij, In Front of the Mirror by Édouard Manet, The Football Players by Henri Rousseau, Palazzo Ducale Seen from San Giorgio Maggiore by Claude Monet, Mountains in Saint-Rémy by Van Gogh. But who were the Thannhausers? How did they gather such an incredible collection? This Jewish family was based in Munich and, at the start of the XX Century, they abandoned the clothing industry to become part of the art world as some of the most influential gallery owners in Europe. From the great exhibition which, in 1908, brought Van Gogh to Germany for the first time, all seemed to be going well - Paris, Berlin and Lucerne were home to their various branches, where the public would admire a highpoint in the history of modern art. However, Nazism and war was right at the door - New York became the new mecca of Justin Thannhauser, whose grand adventures continued unfettered in the new capital of art.
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano