Zeichen der Freundschaft Ulrike Crespo beschenkt das Städel Museum

24 NOVEMBER 2021 TO 6 MARCH 2022

Exhibition Hall of the Department of Prints and Drawings
Press preview: 23. November 2021, 11am

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Tokens of Friendship
ULRIKE CRESPO’S GIFTS TO THE STÄDEL MUSEUM
24 NOVEMBER 2021 TO 6 MARCH 2022

Exhibition Hall of the Department of Prints and Drawings

It is one of the most important bequests of the past decades: the photographer and philanthropist Ulrike Crespo of Frankfurt left more than 90 outstanding paintings and works on paper to the Städel Museum. Spanning modern and international post-war art, the bequest includes outstanding works by Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Otto Dix, Max Ernst, Fernand Léger, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly, and many others. One great example is Oskar Schlemmer’s watercolour for his world-famous painting Bauhaus Stairway (New York, Museum of Modern Art).

The Städel Museum is now honouring Ulrike Crespo’s impressive gesture with an exhibition titled “Tokens of Friendship: Ulrike Crespo’s Gifts to the Städel Museum”. From 24 November 2021 to 6 March 2022, selected works from the bequest will enter into dialogue with works from the Städel’s collection. A total of 72 works will be on view, including 44 from the Ulrike Crespo bequest. The donated individual works and workgroups form an excellent complement to the collection of the museum. They enhance existing holdings and close gaps – including those left behind by the Nazi confiscation of artworks within the framework of the ‘degenerate art’ campaign. In the exhibition, selected ‘new arrivals’ and works from the Städel’s collection thus correspond and correlate with one another to the mutual enrichment of both.

‘With her bequest, Ulrike Crespo picked up on the best of Frankfurt’s civic traditions – after all, the Städel Museum owes its very existence to just such an act of patronage. And the masterworks from her legacy could hardly be a more fitting complement to the museum’s holdings. With our special exhibition, we would like to commemorate the donor and celebrate her wonderful gift to Frankfurt. The Städel is deeply indebted to Ulrike Crespo’, commented Städel director Philipp Demandt.

‘One thing was very important to Ulli Crespo: she wanted art to be accessible to the whole society. She wanted to enable even more people to develop their personalities by way of the sensorial-aesthetic experience of art and culture. And to that end, she founded the Crespo Foundation. Her bequest to the Städel Museum is keeping up with that logic. We are extremely delighted about this exhibition in honour of Ulli Crespo’s works and values’, remarked Christiane Riedel, the chairwoman of the Crespo Foundation’s board of trustees.

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Wassily Kandinsky
KallmünzLight – Green Mountains
1903
Oil on pre-primed canvas
23.5 × 32.8 cm
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Photo: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Wassily Kandinsky, Kallmünz – Light-Green Mountains, 1903

Franz Marc
Three Horses in a Hilly Landscape
1910/11
Graphite, partially washed, on laid paper
Blatt: 112 × 179 mm
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Photo: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Franz Marc, Three Horses in a Hilly Landscape, 1910/11

Paul Klee
Fir Forest
1914
Watercolour on wove paper
214 × 141 mm
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Photo: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Paul Klee, Fir Forest, 1914

Otto Dix
Heads
ca. 1923
Watercolour and pen in black on wove paper
334 × 505 mm
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Photo: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Otto Dix, Heads, ca. 1923

Max Ernst
Fishbone Forest
1927
Oil on canvas
45.5 × 37.5 cm
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Photo: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Max Ernst, Fishbone Forest, 1927

László Moholy-Nagy
Grey Overlappings
1930
Tempera and pen in red over pencil on wove paper
400 × 298 mm
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Photo: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

László Moholy-Nagy, Grey Overlappings, 1930

Oskar Schlemmer
Bauhaus Stairway
1931
Pencil and watercolour on wove paper
279 × 219 mm
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Photo: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Oskar Schlemmer, Bauhaus Stairway, 1931

Fernand Léger
La partie de campagne
The Country Outing
1950
Gouache and pencil on wove paper
500 × 641 mm
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Photo: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Fernand Léger, La partie de campagne, 1950

Fritz Winter
Yellow Glow
1951
Oil on paper, mounted on canvas
706 × 1049 mm
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Photo: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Fritz Winter, Yellow Glow, 1951

Tom Wesselmann
Study for Seascape #6
1965
Acrylic paint over pencil on wove paper
222 x 235 mm
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Photo: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Tom Wesselmann, Study for Seascape #6, 1965

Ulrike Crespo
Photo: Chris O'Dell

Ulrike Crespo, Photo: Chris O'Dell

Exhibition view „Tokens of Friendship. Ulrike Crespo’s Gifts to the Städel Museum“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Tokens of Friendship. Ulrike Crespo’s Gifts to the Städel Museum“

Exhibition view „Tokens of Friendship. Ulrike Crespo’s Gifts to the Städel Museum“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Tokens of Friendship. Ulrike Crespo’s Gifts to the Städel Museum“

Exhibition view „Tokens of Friendship. Ulrike Crespo’s Gifts to the Städel Museum“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Tokens of Friendship. Ulrike Crespo’s Gifts to the Städel Museum“

Exhibition view „Tokens of Friendship. Ulrike Crespo’s Gifts to the Städel Museum“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Tokens of Friendship. Ulrike Crespo’s Gifts to the Städel Museum“

Exhibition view „Tokens of Friendship. Ulrike Crespo’s Gifts to the Städel Museum“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Tokens of Friendship. Ulrike Crespo’s Gifts to the Städel Museum“

Exhibition view „Tokens of Friendship. Ulrike Crespo’s Gifts to the Städel Museum“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Tokens of Friendship. Ulrike Crespo’s Gifts to the Städel Museum“

Exhibition view „Tokens of Friendship. Ulrike Crespo’s Gifts to the Städel Museum“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Tokens of Friendship. Ulrike Crespo’s Gifts to the Städel Museum“

Exhibition view „Tokens of Friendship. Ulrike Crespo’s Gifts to the Städel Museum“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Tokens of Friendship. Ulrike Crespo’s Gifts to the Städel Museum“

Exhibition view „Tokens of Friendship. Ulrike Crespo’s Gifts to the Städel Museum“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Rembrandt in Amsterdam: Creativity and Competition“

Exhibition view „Tokens of Friendship. Ulrike Crespo’s Gifts to the Städel Museum“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Tokens of Friendship. Ulrike Crespo’s Gifts to the Städel Museum“
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