The Berlin based couple, Harald and Kornelia Frisch, have been collecting idiosyncratic painterly and sculptural positions from different artistic generations free from market-based aesthetics since the 1960s.
The works of the Frisch Collection communicate on the viewer’s subconscious level evoking mental images of things experienced and perceived. The Frisch’s developed their interest in contemporary art out of curiosity and their awareness of aesthetics of our time, as well as always being interested in pursuing single artistic positions over a prolonged period. During this time they have established long-term relations with many of the artists of their collection, as they believe personal encounters and exchanges are crucial for them to gain deeper knowledge and understanding of the artists’ approach and the development of the works that will change over time. As a result, the Frisch’s have known many of the artists for decades. Dietrich Lusici for example, a painter who was thrown out of the GDR in 1986, was supported by the Frisch’s in West Berlin. Together with Hartwig Ebersbach and Eugen Schönebeck, whose works are also part of the collection, Lusici held a position of resistance in the GDR.
The Frisch Collection contains 730 works by 72 artists, such as Martin Assig, Ina Bierstedt, Michael Buthe, Troels Carlsen, Manuele Cerutti, Goran Djurovic, Valérie Favre, Dominik Halmer, Thomas Helbig, Nicolai Huch, Laszlo Lakner, Charlotte Mumm, Nicola Samori, Bernd Schwarting and Miriam Vlaming.
We have been interested in an offensive artistic approach and an innovative development of contemporary German painting for more than 50 years now.