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NEUMANN-HUG COLLECTION

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Main Focus

NEUMANN-HUG SA collects outstanding objects and works of fine art, which are paradigmatic for cultural development in the design of furniture in the 20th and 21st century, as well as works of art that particularly document art movements and trends from the early 20th century. The following themes have emerged: international design, Scandinavian modern and contemporary art with a focus on pop art, street art and materials and documentation on the origins and expressions of punk culture. The compilation of the collection is determined by an intellectually stringent and art-historical concept. In this way it is possible to set accents and continually collect series of works over a long period of time.

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    Activities

    NEUMANN-HUG SA sets its main focus on archiving, building and maintaining its own collection. This is to be made accessible to the public as loans to museums and institutes. Themed exhibitions show subjective views of outstanding artists and also allow for examination of their work. This philanthropic approach is intended to expand the appreciation of artistic achievements and to document, publish and comment on the work of outstanding artists and designers. In this sense, NEUMANN-HUG SA sees itself as an organisation that provides a cultural thrust, enabling discussion and encouraging a differentiated perception of epochal developments in design and visual art. Within the scope of the company's activities ' Help for Helpers' provides support for humanitarian organisations by using art exclusively, be that by the organising of exhibitions, charity auctions or by dealing in art.

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      The Collection

      Twentieth century design continues to play a dominant role. The focus has been to collect and document outstanding pieces of furniture design, with their relationship to each other presented as a dialogue. Rather than to strive for an increasingly wide range as many collections in this field do. Here, the quality of the objects, the uniqueness of the design and the far-reaching influence on other designers set the relevant parameters for the collection. Paradigmatic designs by Mies van der Rohe and exemplary pieces by 'Dansk Möbelkunst', Poul Kjaerholm and Poul Henningsen, rare and little-known exhibits of 'Swedish grace’ and German Avantgarde Design of the 1980s including works from Pentagon are the focus of the collector. Commitment to the field of design is still characterised by a great affinity for art. Works on paper by Andy Warhol as well as solitary photographic prints by Diane Arbus, Elmer Batters, Peter Beard, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Pierre Molinier, Thomas Ruff or Edward Weston are points of interest within the collection.

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        Cable Club Berlin

        NEUMANN-HUG SA operates the Cable Club Berlin as a non-commercial 'art lab'. The club sees itself as a forum of exchange, an exhibition space and creative hub, which supports contemporary art projects and new media genres. Just as the selection of its own collection in Switzerland is subjective, the selection of the activities described above is also subjective. For this reason the Cable Club is not open to the public, but is made accessible by special invitation as an area for presentation, discussion, exchange of ideas and debate.

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          Estate of Kurt Eckert

          NEUMANN-HUG SA manages, documents and honours the lifetime achievement of the photographer and communication designer Kurt Arthur Eckert (1920-2004). Eckert is regarded as a visionary of visual communication and as the father of Lifestyle Advertising Photography. As early as the 1950s, he broke the boundaries between advertising, public relations and art and transformed  classic fashion and product photography into a visual language of emotional moments. During his years in the USA he developed a new form of expression by using multiple exposures which took place exclusively in the camera. Kurt Eckert was the first European to receive the Golden Eagle Award in 1970, the highest award for non-feature films in the US. Through his multi-image language 'association mechanics'  Eckert became a pioneer of modern image film and is regarded as an innovative pioneer of today's video clips.

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            Estate of Toby E. Rodes

            NEUMANN-HUG SA is devoted to the estate of a person whose biography has been largely dedicated to German-American dialogue and which, in a crucial phase of German history, had a particular influence on the structure and formation of a democratic civil society. Toby E. Rodes (1919-2013) as Chief Information Officer immediately after the war, provided the framework on which the structures of free and democratically oriented media are still based in Germany today. He is also one of the main initiators and co-founder of the "Berlinale", the Berlin Film Festival. However, for many Toby E. Rodes is well-known as a design ambassador, who in the post-war period made Switzerland a centre of trade for internationally renowned design companies such as Knoll International.

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              INSPIRING VISIONS

              NEUMANN-HUG started to collect plastic handbags years ago to see them not as outdated fashion accessories but as objects of style. By 1950 the new so-called Lucite bag, was sleek, clean, and classy. Today they are still ‘modern’ and now revealed as both architecture and art. The collection of vintage handbags is now presented with an exceptional range of contemporary bags by Frau Frieda. This exclusive brand features extraordinary pieces of art, made with the highest of quality standards. Each bag and each accessory is personally put into shape by the hands of the designer Frieda Vogel, from the frame to their individual clasps. Her love for detail defines her design which is the reason that her handbags and accessories are uniquely luxurious.

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                Messeplatz 1
                50679 Köln
                Deutschland

                22.-26.
                November
                2017

                CAFÉ CASINO – ART AND BREWERY AVANTGARDE

                Mise en Scène Design

                The temporary installation of the documenta 8 Café Casino, a legendary ensemble which conveys an authentic impression of art and design history, is on exhibition for visitors to Cologne Fine Art 2017.
                Not only is the city of Cologne recognised as the birthplace of the 80s design movement, but the year 2017 also marks the 30th anniversary of documenta 8. With the upcoming anniversary of Bauhaus in 2019, the opportunity now arises to define the position of German Avantgard Design in the 1980s.
                Here in the scenic staging of Café Casino, the design of this decade as the joyous response to the strict functionalism of the Bauhaus years, becomes  visually tangible.

                Curators: P.C. Neumann, Hans Irrek
                Neumann-Hug Collection

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                Publications

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                TAKE A SEAT - MASTERPIECES OF CHAIR DESIGN
                TAKE A SEAT - MEISTERWERKE DES STUHLDESIGNS


                Texts by P.C. Neumann and Dr. Thomas Schriefers
                Photographs by Beat Presser

                Published by P.C. Neumann / Rasch-Verlag
                2005

                ISBN 978-3-89946-054
                (out of stock)