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Casino Luxembourg

Exhibitions

Gustav Troger, Schweinschleuder, 1992. Installation in situ, carcasse de porc traitée, gomme, acier et livre. © Hess Art Collection.

Franck Gertsch, Natasha IV (turquoise), 1987-1988. Gravure sur bois. © Hess Art Collection.

24.10 — 29.11.1998

The Hess Collection - New Works

artist(s): Georg Baselitz, Susan Derges, Franz Gertsch, Andy Goldsworthy, Deryck Healey, Alois Lichtsteiner, Nakis Panayotidis, Vincent Prud'homme, Alan Rath, Gustav Troger
curator(s): Donald M. Hess, Jeremy Wiltshire

From 24 October to 29 November 1998 the Casino Luxembourg shows sixty-six works from ten artists from the Hess Collection. Donald M. Hess began to collect contemporary art thirty years ago and this exhibition illustrates his continued passion and offers an opportunity to see works by both prominent and a number of less known artists from the collection.

The collection is based between the exhibition space at the Hess Collection Winery in the Napa Valley in California, the headquarters of the Hess Holding in Bern, and from July 1999 at the Hess Collection Gallery at Vinopolis City of Wine in London. The Hess Collection is a testament to the personal vision of Donald Hess' journey of discovery through contemporary art and includes paintings by Georg Baselitz, sculptures by Robert Rauschenberg, photo works by Gilbert & George and installations by James Turrell.

"Throughout all these years of acquiring and building up the art collection, my early, simple guidelines have remained unchanged. Even today I rely chiefly on my intuition and still find that several sleepless nights, a result of having been deeply moved by a particular piece of art, continue to be the best indicator for purchasing new work. I am certainly not influenced by fashionable trends, nor does it matter to me, as is clear from some of the artists in the exhibition, how well known the artist is. I do however adhere to some fundamental guidelines. Firstly, I only collect works by living artists whose careers I have personally followed for some time. Secondly, I do not buy varied, isolated works, preferring to limit myself to a small group of approximately twenty artists, thus enabling me to acquire their works at regular intervals. In this way it is possible to build up a comprehensive body of work illustrating their artistic development." Donald M. Hess

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Gustav Troger, Schweinschleuder, 1992. Installation in situ, carcasse de porc traitée, gomme, acier et livre. © Hess Art Collection.

Franck Gertsch, Natasha IV (turquoise), 1987-1988. Gravure sur bois. © Hess Art Collection.