Pinacoteca Giovanni and Marella Agnelli PREHISTORY TO THE FUTURE


28 October 2008 – 01 March 2009
curated by Magnus Bischofberger

The Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli presents a unique cross-section of the private collection of Bruno and Christina Bischofberger from Zurich. Bruno Bischofberger is one of the world’s most renowned art dealers as well as an art historian.

The exhibition was curated by Magnus Bischofberger, the youngest of the four children of the collectors. The 164 items chosen for the exhibition are drawn from a variety of different fields that the Bischofbergers have collected for more than forty years including Contemporary and Modern Art, Design, Photography, Archaeology and Folk Art.

The exhibited pieces represent only a small fraction of afar more substantial collection. The exhibition includes works by artists to whom Bruno and Christina Bischofberger have been dealer, collector, confidant, counselor and friend: Miquel Barceló, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mike Bidlo, Francesco Clemente, George Condo, Enzo Cucchi, Dokoupil, Damien Hirst, David Salle, Julian Schnabel and Andy Warhol. Design is spoken for by masterpieces by Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, Friedrich Kiesler, Adlof Loos, Giò Ponti, Jean Prouvé, Gerrit Rietveld among others. Ettore Sottsass, who is the architect of the Bischofberger’s home above the lake of Zurich is also included, as well as glass by Maurice Marinot, silverware by Henning Koppel and ceramics by Lucio Fontana.

Photography as a form of applied art is represented by the fashion and advertising work of Richard Avedon, Erwin Blumenfeld, Horst P. Horst, George Hoyningen-Huene, Robert Mapplethorpe, Martin Munkázi, Paul Outerbridge Jr, Irving Penn and Man Ray, among others.

The exhibitition also includes stone axes that in their aesthetic execution, which go far beyond the merely functional, are the oldest surviving forms of nascent artistic sensibility in our history.

On a more personal note the exhibition will showcase a number of nineteenth century paintings made in Appenzell, Switzerland, hometown of Bruno Bischofberger’s family. It was in this region of Switzerland, known for its strong traditions in provincial painting, where as a boy he cut his teeth as both a dealer and collector.
Marco Palmieri has done the layout of the show.