I n the early 1970s, a group of pioneering collectors embarked on a daring endeavour to acquire some of the most avant-garde artworks of the zeitgeist. The Crex Collection, a distinguished collection widely acclaimed for its special emphasis on Minimalist and Conceptual art, was first mounted for public display in Zurich in the late 1970s. In the early 1980s, the collection was transferred to the Hallen für Neue Kunst ("Halls for New Art"), an exhibition space of industrial scale in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, where works from the collection have been exhibited until 2014. A former textile factory, this exceptional space represented one of the first transformations of an industrial building into an art museum and served as a model for museums and institutions worldwide.
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Artists represented in the Crex Collection have included Robert Ryman, Donald Judd, On Kawara, Carl André, Bruce Nauman, Robert Mangold, Sol LeWitt and Francois Morellet, to name but a few. In its emphasis on these radical artistic positions of its time but also in the way these works have been exhibited, the Crex Collection has often been compared to the Dia Art Foundation in New York.
Today, the Crex Collection is synonymous for its remarkable eye for quality and art historical significance, a testament to an exceptional avant-garde vision, institutional relevance and patronage of the arts. Works included in the Crex Collection often demonstrate the pinnacle of the artists’ careers with some of their most daring and visionary proposals. The dialogue between these artists emphasizes the early international outlook of the Crex Collection, reaching far beyond geographic and ideological borders.
The works will be offered for sale at Sotheby’s in Fall 2020 in New York, Paris and Zurich.
Robert Ryman's Branch
A truly extraordinary artwork, Branch by Robert Ryman, was offered in New York’s Contemporary Art Evening auction. Branch sits at the apex of Ryman’s oeuvre. Bristling, shimmering impasto peaks give way to smooth, chalky troughs of pigment, and throughout, the brown pigment that Ryman used to prime the canvas lend warmth to the painting, subtly showing through between the infinite cross-hatchings of white. With successive strokes of white serving as overlapping crescendos, Branch incorporates all the defining elements of Ryman’s artistic theory, resulting in a painting that is truly breathtaking to behold.
Further distinguished by its emergence from the legendary Crex Collection, where it has remained since its acquisition from Konrad Fischer in the year of execution, Branch represents the very best of Robert Ryman’s inimitable oeuvre.