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Collection of the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Boasting over 2,000 exhibits today, the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW) has maintained a comprehensive art collection comparable to a museum since the early 1970s. The Landesbank Baden-Württemberg now possesses one of the most important collections of modern and contemporary art in Europe that is owned by a business company. The starting point of the collection were works by the circle of artists around Adolf Hölzel (1853–1934) in Stuttgart which included Oskar Schlemmer and Willi Baumeister. Until the early 1980s, the focus of the collection was primarily outstanding exponents of Southwest German art; over time excellent works by post-1945 German artists were added to the collection.

Groups of works, for example, by Günther Förg, Andreas Gursky, Martin Kippenberger, Thomas Locher, Reinhard Mucha, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Schütte, and Rosemarie Trockel –to mention but a few of the over 60 artists represented in this collection – document and illustrate each of the respective artist’s concepts. Significant new acquisitions in recent years include works by Franz Ackermann, Thomas Demand, Georg Herold, Michel Majerus, Albert Oehlen, Tobias Rehberger, and Wolfgang Tillmans. The current focus "Collecting Contemporary" concentrates exclusively on works by internationally renowned contemporary artists.

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