With the exhibition „Bilderträume. Die Sammlung Ulla und Heiner Pietzsch” (Dreams in Pictures. The Collection Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch), the Nationalgalerie in Berlin dedicates for the first time a large public show comprising more than one hundred and eighty works to this outstanding Berlin private collection. The fascinating art of Surrealism forms the core of the collection while a second focus lies on early works of Abstract Expressionism, in which the influence of artists who had emigrated from Europe is still clearly evident. Works from the Surrealist circle round off this collection of high calibre which, with its special emphasis on the art of Classic Modernism, represents a true rarity among international collections.
Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch have begun to collect art over forty years ago. Soon the present focus and the particularity of their collection became apparent: the art of Surrealism. The art of this movement „removed from reason“ and its preoccupation with the world of dreams and fantasy, the subconscious and the mysterious, sexuality and violence, is assembled in the collection of Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch, comprising exceptional works, e.g. by Max Ernst, Joan Miró, René Magritte, Salvador Dalí, Jean Arp or Yves Tanguy. Beside works of the most famous representatives of Surrealism the collection also contains works of artists of the Surrealist circle such as Frida Kahlo, Leonor Fini, Dorothea Tanning, Oscar Domínguez or Wifredo Lam, which enrich our knowledge of this epoch.