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Art Dealer Michael Werner donates 130 works to Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

June 4, 2012

The Man, The Woman, The Lion and the Animals at the Water Hole, 1989 by A.R. Penck. Courtesy Muse de la Ville de Paris.

Art dealer Michael Werner has donated 130 works to Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris by artists including Marcel Broodthaers, James Lee Byars, Gaston Chaissac, André Derain, Otto Freundlich, Étienne-Martin, Robert Filliou, Antonius Höckelmann, Jörg Immendorff, Per Kirkeby, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Markus Lüpertz, A.R. Penck, Bernard Réquichot, Niele Toroni and Don Van Vliet, according to an article in the Sacramento Bee.  An exhibition of the works will run October 5, 2012 – March 3, 2013.

Talking about his donation, Michael Werner has said: “”It is basically a sentimental choice. It was a visit to this museum very early on in my career that profoundly changed my understanding of and relationship to art. In 1962 Georg Baselitz and I travelled to Paris to see an exhibition of Jean Fautrier at the museum and it had a serious emotional impact on me. The exhibition was full of strange and extraordinary paintings and the atmosphere of the show was all encompassing and I was very moved. -Although I had been working in a gallery for a few years at that point, I had not really been touched by art in a profound sense. The effect of this exhibition constituted my real entrance into the art world and it defined my way. I am not a religious man but it was like a religious conversion.”

Fabrice Hergott, Director of Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville, said: “Michael Werner’s Gift represents the most significant enrichment of the Museum’s collection since the bequest made by Dr Maurice Girardin in 1953, which led to the creation of the Institution”.

Michael Werner will open a new gallery in London in October 2012 with new work by Peter Doig.

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