New York Graffiti Art of the 1980s from The Scharpff Collection at Kunstmuseum Stuttgart

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STUTTGART.- For museums the exchange with private collectors is becoming increasingly important. A new series of exhibitions in the Kunstmuseum aims to make the engagement of these art patrons visible. The first show presents Ute and Rudolf Scharpff, who have been collecting for over fifty years and in the 1960s initially concentrated on the Nouveaux Réalistes. Today their collection comprises art by the Zero Group and German and American contemporary painting. Included are works by well-known artists such as Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Franz Ackermann, André Butzer, Albert Oehlen, Neo Rauch, Christopher Wool, and Jeff Koons. Ute and Rufolf Scharpff are interested particularly in young artists whose works deal critically with the present. For the exhibition in the Kunstmuseum, the Scharpffs have chosen an exceptional focus on their collecting activity of more than five decades: New York graffiti art