Artworks of Friends

October, 10th 2018 -April, 7th 2019


Museum Atelier Otto Niemeyer-Holstein
Lüttenort, 17459 Koserow


The Museum Atelier Otto Niemeyer-Holstein presents an exhibition of works of art from the collection of Friends Gifts, which were owned by Otto Niemeyer-Holstein. This collection tells a lot about the artist himself, about his artistic career, his contacts and his concept of art. In addition, this collection reflects a part of 20th century art history.
Otto Niemeyer-Hostein was friends with over two hundred artists, with whom he exchanged works of art or received gifts from them. Later, Niemeyer-Holstein bought works by young artists to support them. The collection includes works by
Clara Rilke Westhoff, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Adelbert Niemeyer, Otto Wyler, artist, whom Niemeyer-Holstein revered as a teacher, Gerhard Marcks, John Niemeyer, Hans Theo Richter, Max Schwimmer, Wilhelm Lachnit, Gottfried Richter, Anatoli Kaplan, artists of his generation but also one large number of young East German artists at the time: Hans Vent, Wolfgang Leber, Gerda Lepke, Klaus Magnus, Ursula Stozynski, Johannes Müller, Dieter Goltzsche and others.


"" I had early on the habit of acquiring pictures of friendly painters - mostly in exchange. In this way, a small collection gradually came into being. "(1) The collection initially consisted of a handful of gifts and inherited works, a lithograph by Kokoschka, the head of Augustus, the swordsman, a child's head by Clara Rilke-Westhoff. A Makondefigur However, the artist bought in 1931 at a flea market in Paris. Only after the Second World War, the collection became more extensive. The works of art acquired through barter and purchase delighted the painter, later he felt the need to encourage young artists to buy. Abandoned by the artist and his family in 1984, the inventory of works of art by a foreign hand included a total of 684 sculptures, sculptures, paintings, watercolors, ceramics, drawings and printmaking by 228 artists, including 145 works by 79 artists in the rooms of the house, in the studio and in the garden. The drawers of the graphic cabinets contained about two-thirds of the collection. "

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