Ahlers Pro Arte Foundation, Herford
Change of scenery or "Is it also beautiful elsewhere?"
A lecture by Dr. Christina Leber, Artistic Director of the Art Foundation DZ Bank, Frankfurt
Friday, May 12, 2023, 7:00 p.m., in the premises of the Ahlers Pro Arte Foundation in Herford-Elverdissen
(registration required by May 1 at email@example.com)
Image: Olivo Barbieri, Siena, 2002, Art Foundation DZ BANK, © Olivo Barbieri courtesy siebenhaar art projects, Ffm.
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The origins of the ahlers collection lie in the 1950s. Since then the collection, which has traditionally focused on classic modernism, substantially complemented with pieces of international post-war and contemporary art, has increased to over 2,000 works by some 500 artists. All types of works are collected, i.e. paintings, sculptures, works on paper, printed graphics, photography and objects of all kinds.
A strong focus is placed on German expressionism, with works by such artists as Alexej von Jawlensky, Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Gabriele Münter and Emil Nolde. Also featured prominently are the members of the Nouveau Réalisme, the artistic movement founded in 1960, including Arman, César, Raymond Hains, Yves Klein, Mimmo Rotella, Daniel Spoerri and Jacques Villeglé. The international Fluxus-movement is represented by Dieter Roth, Joseph Beuys and Emmett Williams. The collection comprises other important blocks such as Chinese avant-garde art of the 1990s and 2000s, Russian art of the so-called Nonconformism and old master drawings.
1970, felt, sewn and stamped, 170 x 100 cm
© VG Bild-Kunst, 2023
Art & Fashion
Both art and fashion are based on the idea of creativity. They train the eye and stimulate the senses. It is therefore Ahlers's motivation to integrate selected objects of art into the daily working environment for its employees and guests, to build a bridge between art and fashion.
Ahlers AG in the culture circle of the German economy
Since 2010, Ahlers AG has been a member of the "Kulturkreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft" and is involved in the work groups "Culture Promotion" (AKF) and "Corporate Collecting" (ACC). In regular meetings, the cultural officers and collection curators of German large corporations and SMEs meet to discuss questions, problems and new concepts in the field of art- and culture-promotion.
ahlers collection on tour
The ahlers collection maintains excellent contacts with renowned museums and art institutions in Germany and abroad. Many works of art are loaned to temporary exhibitions, and there are long-term cooperations, e.g. with Sprengel Museum in Hannover or Franz Marc Museum in Kochel. Works from the ahlers collection are also exhibited regularly at the Ahlers Pro Arte gGmbH foundation.
The list below shows current exhibitions featuring works from the ahlers collection (only available in German language):