The Curator’s Eye: The Collection of Prof Dr. Karin von Maur proposes a selection of 145 works of art from the 20th Century. Works by German artists – from Schlemmer, Peter Roehr, and Joseph Beuys to Hannah Höch and Daniel Richter – sit alongside international figures such as Alighiero Boetti, Alexander Calder, and Roman Opałka. Rich in breadth and deep in scope, each work bears witness to the eye for detail, quality, and significance that drove every aspect of her scholarly activities. The online sale will take place on www.christies.com/vonmaur between 11 and 25 May 2021.
A historian, curator, and an important cultural voice of her generation, Karin von Maur (born 1938) played a key role in shaping the German art scene as deputy director of the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. She oversaw the archive of the German artist Oskar Schlemmer (1888-1943), becoming an internationally renowned expert on his oeuvre and authoring the artist’s catalogue raisonné in 1979.
During her time at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, von Maur organised exhibitions with works by Max Ernst, Max Beckmann and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner to Pablo Picasso, Yves Tanguy and Juan Gris. Her broader view on 20th-century art came well across the 1985 exhibition and accompanying monograph The Sound of Painting: Music in Modern Art, which examined the relationship between artists and composers during the period.
Prof Dr. Dirk Boll, President Christie’s EMEA remembered: “When I moved to Stuttgart in 1995, Karin von Maur was the undisputed doyenne of classic Modern Art. She was a true opinion leader, whose informed opinions and judgements were deeply respected by the art world. Over the years, it has been a regular pleasure to meet Karin von Maur and to hear her point of view – usually formulated in two or three sentences. In order to be both concise and precise, one has to know a great deal. An invitation to her house in Stuttgart revealed further facets. Her very broad interests had manifested in a very private collection, which was home to her idol Oskar Schlemmer, but which was more grounded in intellectual context and artistic influence than in the cult of genius. It is a great pleasure to present Karin von Maur’s remarkable collection at auction in Amsterdam this May.”