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A forest of sculptures

The Simon Spierer Collection


The Italian-Swiss tobacco merchant and patron of the arts Simon Spierer (1926 – 2005) was a passionate collector throughout his life. At first he collected mainly paintings, but in the early 1980s Spierer began concentrating his attention on sculptures. Within twenty years, he managed to assemble a collection that is considered one of the most important private collections of twentieth-century sculpture.


Simon Spierer exclusively collected vertically oriented sculptures, such as steles and torsos. When he first saw a number of these works together in one space, they reminded him of trees in a forest. From this perspective, Spierer quickly developed the idea of giving his collection the theme of a forest of sculptures.


Spierer's forest includes 40 sculptures by internationally renowned sculptors including Hans Arp, Louise Bourgeois, Constatin Brancusi, Anthony Caro, César, Max Ernst, Lucio Fontana, Julio González, Barbara Hepworth, Baltasar Lobo, André Masson, Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Germaine Richier, Daniel Spoerri, and Günther Uecker. His collection is not only unique because of the high quality of the artworks, but also because of Spierer's well-balanced selection of the artists.


A year before his death, Simon Spierer bequeathed his collection to the Hessisches Landesmuseum in Darmstadt, where it was exhibited to the public for the first time in 2005. The collection is currently touring the world. After having been exhibited in Athens, Sofia, Bucharest, and Madrid, it was also shown in The Hague from Feb 19 - June 20, 2010.


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Taken on May 13, 2010