»Experience shows that he who begins collecting in some area feels a transformation commencing in his soul. He becomes a joyful person, fulfilled by a deeper sympathy, his soul moved by a more open understanding of the things of this world.« (Alfred Lichtwark, »Der Sammler«, 1912)
Admirers of art who have collected it selflessly and with great dedication, not only for themselves but also for the public, have entrusted their treasures to the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. The purpose of the exhibition and accompanying catalogue is to pay homage to these very special patrons. Some 800 etchings have been placed into the worthy hands of the »Freunde der Staatsgalerie Stuttgart« – and thus into the holdings of the Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs as loans – by the »Vermächtnis Günther und Renate Hauff«, as have, to date, more than 1,800 prints in a wide range of techniques, as well as a number of drawings, by the »Konrad Kohlhammer-Stiftung«
For the current presentation, 140 prints and drawings by 21 artists were selected from the approximately 2,600 works on paper comprised by the two endowments, and combined with paintings and sculptures from the museum’s holdings representing »artistic concepts of the 1960s to the 1980s«. This perspective on the collection’s assets once again exemplifies the high standards as well as the diversity a museum like the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart can offer. In view of the limitations on public museums’ acquisition budgets,
however, the support of donors and patrons is more essential than ever for ensuring the collection’s continuation into the future, in keeping with the motto with which Robin Page addressed his transport crate – To the Museum of Modern Dreams – and the hope of making those dreams come true.