Martin Visser: collector, designer, free spirit
Exhibition: Martin Visser: collector, designer, free spirit
Martin Visser (1922 Papendrecht -Bergeijk 2009), renowned furniture designer and driving force behind the Visser collection, purchased his first work from Karel Appel in 1948.
Over the course of thirty years, Martin and his first wife Mia and brother Geertjan Visser acquired many works by now established names of the neo-avant-garde, at an early stage of their career, including Piero Manzoni, Christo, Ellsworth Kelly, Joseph Beuys, Dan Flavin, Bruce Nauman, Carl Andre, Robert Morris, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Daniel Buren, Marcel Broodthaers, Hanne Darboven andPanamarenko.
After the death of Mia Visser (1977), Martin Visser and his second wife Joke Visser -van der Heijden focused on key figures of the postmodern era, such as A.R. Penck, Anselm Kiefer, Sigmar Polke, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jenny Holzer, George Condo, Eugene Leroy and Daan van Golden. Alongside his extremely active role as a collector, Martin Visser was also a renowned furniture designer. He was also active in giving commissions. His house in Bergeijk, which has now been declared a listed building, was constructed in 1955 to a design by Gerrit Rietveld, and considerably extended in 1968 to a design by Aldo van Eyck.
The exhibitions shows:
-Over a hundred art works (paintings, sculpture, photography and works on paper)
Work in progress
This exhibition has been organized in close cooperation with the Kröller-Müller Museum, which has over 400 works under the name of ’Former Visser collection’. It is the museum’s largest loan operation ever, with more than a hundred art works travelling to Maastricht.
The catalogue is available from the Museum Shop, containing contributions from Evert van Straaten, Paula van den Bosch, Liz Kreijn, Carel Blotkamp, Paula Feldman Sankoff, Guus Vreeburg, Marijke Kuper, Francis Strauven, Kris Dittel andJohannes Schwartz.
The exhibition Martin Visser: collector, designer, free spirit will be held during TEFAF 2012.
Download here the visitor’s guide as pdf.