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Constructivism and geometric abstraction shaped the visual arts as well as the design of the 1920s. For 50 years, Fritz Zuschlag and Bodo Wieneke-Zuschlag have been exploring the theme of abstraction in the fine arts as well as in the applied field.

Sammler Fritz Zuschlag und Bodo Wieneke-Zuschlag, 2020
Sammler Fritz Zuschlag und Bodo Wieneke-Zuschlag, 2020 © Alexander Schippel

With a great deal of passion and expertise, the two men from Cologne have assembled a collection that illuminates the art of the 1920s in its various facets. One focus is on the art of the Bauhaus and German Constructivism.

With around 250 paintings, sculptures and ceramics, the exhibition now offers the first insight into the extensive collection.

In 2022, the Bröhan Museum has reached an agreement with the Zuschlag-Wieneke couple on a transfer of the high-caliber collection, which will become the long-term property of the museum.

The Fritz Zuschlag, Bodo Wieneke-Zuschlag collection represents all important positions of the 1920s to 1930s, which also includes figurative tendencies up to paintings in the style of New Objectivity.

A special feature is the equal value with which works of fine and applied art meet each other on an equal footing. Such an orientation is rare, especially in Germany, where, unlike in the Anglo-Saxon art and museum landscape, the areas are usually still sharply divided and often outdated genre hierarchies continue to have an effect.

Yet it is precisely in the synopsis of art and design that new observations and insights can emerge that benefit the study of both fields.

The Bröhan Museum has been pursuing this interdisciplinary approach for many years and is very happy that Fritz Zuschlag and Bodo Wieneke-Zuschlag have made it the recipient of this generous donation.

In the 1920s, the stylistic elements of the avant-garde were echoed in the design of everyday life. Particularly noteworthy in this regard is the field of ceramics: jugs, vases and cake plates with painted and sprayed geometric decorations are still coveted collector's items today. The invention of spray decoration allowed both sharp lines and fine color gradients through the use of geometric stencils. This combination of art and technology was appealing to a wide variety of artistic disciplines.

A particularly interesting assemblage within the collection is the art of the Cologne Progressives, who formed as an avant-garde group of artists after World War I and whose art was strongly influenced by their political leanings. The Cologne Progressives, so far rarely shown in Berlin, have their own room in the exhibition.

PROGRAM FOR THE EXHIBITION

Curator's tour

Thu, Dec. 29, and Sun, Jan. 15, 4 p.m. each day. Tours are free (plus admission).

Family Sunday
Every 3rd Sunday of the month, 11am-12:30pm. Limited number of participants. Registration required at: n.mueller@broehan-museum.de

Program for school classes
We offer programs for school classes as part of the exhibition. More info

Ménage à trois
One of the art experts will guide you and your companion exclusively through the exhibition.
1 h, 55,- € (Tue-Fri), 70,- € (Sat/Sun/Holiday), plus admission. Booking at info@broehan-museum.de or 030/32690600

Bröhan Late
After the museum closes, at 6pm, one of the art experts will guide you and up to 19 accompanying persons through the exhibition. Price: 200,- € (Tue-Fri), 250,- € (Sat/Sun/Holiday). Booking at info@broehan-museum.de or 030/32690600
Additional information
Opening of the exhibition postponed due to water damage.

Opening hours: Tue to Sun from 10 am to 6 pm and all holidays (closed 24. + 31.12.)

Accessibility

The Bröhan Museum has a wheelchair-accessible lift that can be used to reach all the exhibition rooms, as well as a parking space in the courtyard that is accessible to the disabled. The museum has a wheelchair-accessible WC.
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