Donation Agreement for the Pietzsch Collection Signed at the National Gallery in Berlin


BERLIN.- The art collecting couple, Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch, officially signed a donation agreement with the state of Berlin that should pave the way to their internationally renowned collection being bequeathed to the city. The Pietzsch Collection is one of the most outstanding German private art collections from the high modernist period. It principally consists of Surrealist works from Paris and Abstract Expressionist works by the New York School, encompassing paintings by Max Ernst, René Magritte, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Paul Delvaux and Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell and Barnett Newmann, as well as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. The donation comprises some 150 paintings, drawings and sculptures, with an estimated value of €120 million. The agreement will only come into effect under the condition that Berlin city council places the collection, in its entirety, in the hands of the Foundation of Prussian Cultural Heritage as a permanent lo