Hans-Herman Rief, Friedrich Netzel and the Worpsweder Kunsthalle

cabinet exhibition
Haus im Schluh
June 30 to November 3, 2019


The showcase exhibition at the Haus im Schluh highlights the prolific and inspirational co-operation of the art lovers Hans-Herman Rief and Fritz Netzel. The archivist and art collector Hans-Herman Rief (1909–2009) oversaw the artistic estate of Heinrich Vogeler in the Schluh starting in 1946. Due to his personal contacts to friends in the Paris art scene of the 1950s and 1960s, he provided the young gallerist Fritz Netzel with the opportunity to organize many outstanding exhibitions at the Worpsweder Kunsthalle. Thus, many artist living at the time in Paris, including Max Ernst and Bram van Velde, found an enthusiastic and interested audience here and also helped establish the reputation of Worpswede as a venue for contemporary art. Also well-known is the collection of artists' posters from the Paris print workshop of the Mourlot brothers which Rief collected through the years. The colourful exhibition posters and graphics designed by such artists as Jean Cocteau, Henri Matisse, Juan Miró, Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall were highly sought-after by art lovers in Worpswede. Part of these valuable prints were provided by the estate to the collection at Haus im Schluh.


Illustration: Max Ernst, Poster of the Max Ernst exhibition in the Worpsweder Kunsthalle, 1967, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019