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Bastian Family Gifts Collection to German City of Chemnitz

The Bastian family, Berlin-based collectors and gallerists, has donated its significant collection of artworks to the public collections of the southeastern German city of Chemnitz, Monopol reports.

The gift includes more than two hundred paintings, drawings, watercolors, collages, prints, installations, and photographs by such artists as Joseph Beuys, David R. L. Jones, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, Luc Tuymans, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, and Wim Wenders.

Dealer Heiner Bastian, a former assistant to Joseph Beuys, first collaborated with the Chemnitz Art Collections on the 2002 exhibition “Picasso et les femmes,” and he has continued to assist the museum with securing loans. The Bastian family’s collection will be on view in the exhibition “Hommage à Ingrid Mössinger,” opening November 12.

“The donation is a stroke of luck,” the museum’s director, Ingrid Mössing, told the German Press Agency. She added that many artists who were previously not part of the collection will now be included. “With this donation, renowned collector Heiner Bastian, his wife Céline, and his son Aeneas, honor the museum, their own work, and the city of Chemnitz.”

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