Natural Beauty – from Fra Angelico to Monet

Rau Collection for UNICEF

07 December 2013 to 25 May 2014

The Natural Beauty exhibition shows landscapes and still lifes from the collection of Gustav Rau (1922-2002), a German tropical doctor and art collector. Gustav Rau is regarded as one of the most exceptional collectors of our times. Masterpieces by Fra Angelico, Van Goyen, Van der Neer, Bonnard, Fantin-Latour, Monet, Liebermann, Sérusier, Vuillard, Sisley, Morandi and others make this presentation a feast for the eye.

  • Bonnard, Pierre, Venster in Uriage, 1918, 68,5 x 39,2 cm © Collectie Rau voor UNICEF, Keulen Foto P. Schälchli, Zürich
  • Courtois, Guillaume, / Abraham Brueghel, Pomona, o.J. 125 x 92 cm © Collectie Rau voor UNICEF, Foto Mick Vincenz, Essen
  • Monet, Claude, Les Pyramides de Port-Coton, 1886 © Collectie Rau voor UNICEF, Keulen, Foto P. Schälchli, Zürich
  • ANGELICO, Fra (Guido di Pietro) Hl. Nicolaus von Bari, 1424 / 1425, © Collectie Rau voor UNICEF, Keulen Foto P. Schälchli, Zürich
  • CÉZANNE, Paul, De zee bij Estaque, 1876 42 x 59 cm © Collectie Rau voor UNICEF, Keulen Foto P. Schälchli, Zürich
  • Tempel, Abraham van den (1622 – 1672), Portret van een jongen van adel, 1650, 166,4 x 139,5 cm © Collectie Rau voor UNICEF, Keulen, Foto Mick Vincenz, Essen

Gustav Rau was the sole heir to his father’s empire of automobile companies. He worked as a tropical doctor in Zaire, as the current Democratic Republic of the Congo was then called. Every year, Rau paid a few visits to Europe to participate in art auctions, and thus accumulated a unique collection of approximately eight hundred paintings and sculptures. The collection provides an overview of five centuries of European art history.

Gustav Rau’s collection remained hidden to the outside world for many years. It was only in 1999 that the artworks first came into the public domain. In 2001, a year before his death, the collection was handed over to UNICEF.

The Natural Beauty exhibition in the Groninger Museum presents landscapes and still lifes from the Rau collection: nature viewed from a distance and from close-by. The centre of gravity is formed by still lifes from the 17th century and landscapes from the 20th century.

The exhibition is supplemented with similar work from the collection of the Groninger Museum.

The Museum and UNICEF Nederland will co-operate during the entire exhibition period.

A catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition. More information on this topic will be provided in the near future.

With thanks to
The exhibition could be realized thanks to financial support from the Stichting Fondsbeheer Culturele Relatie-evenementen Gasunie en GasTerra (GasUnie and GasTerra Foundation Fund for Cultural-relations Events).
In a co-operation with: UNICEF and the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck in Remagen.
Subsidizers: Municipality of Groningen, Province of Groningen.
Media partner: Dagblad van het Noorden, Marketing Groningen.
Donor: BankGiro Lottery.

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