The Ricke Collection

Unique collaboration between three museums

In acquiring the art-historically important Ricke Collection in 2007, the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein and the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main were entering into a whole new field of innovative trans-border cooperation between museums. Although the collection is divided between three, in terms of possessive right, it remains intact as the partner museums will have equal access to the complete stocks.

 

The Ricke Collection is a unique collection of works of great artistic quality. It consists mainly of US American art since the 1960s, represented by trail-breaking artists such as Donald Judd (1929–1994), Richard Artschwager (1923–2013), Barry Le Va (*1941), Keith Sonnier (*1941) or Richard Serra (*1939). The collection is unique worldwide because of dense work groups that complement one another to an ideal degree.

 

The fact that the Collection was not broken up is due to a new concept and a unique collaboration between three museums. At the same time, the acquisition of the collection represents a new direction in classical museum activities, a considered focus on the needs of a collection, whereby a collaboration in partnership allows a private collection to be kept intact for the public and for coming generation despite narrow financial scope. 

Rolf Ricke

For more than 40 years, Rolf Ricke has been regarded as pioneering herald of contemporary art. His gallery in Cologne was considered one of the most interesting venues for contemporary artists. As a co-founder of ART COLOGNE and a free-lance curator, Ricke repeatedly opened up whole new perspectives on art. At his legendary gallery he not only exhibited the greats of recent art history, he also promoted meantime almost forgotten artists like Bill Bollinger (1939–1988) and Lee Lozano (1930–1999), whose works are only recently being rediscovered.

Catalogue

A catalogue documenting the collection has been published by the three museums. For this publication on the Ricke Collection, Christiane Meyer-Stoll, curator at the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, researched and compiled recorded talks with Rolf Ricke and the artists, essays, as yet unpublished interviews with and letters from the artists, thus providing lively insight into art from the late 1960s to the present.

 

This source material is complemented by an extensive illustrated chronology of the gallery and an informative time-line of the most important events in politics and art. The book also presents in detail the 150 works that make up the collection and so impressively documents 40 years of contemporary art history.

  • Wed 14.10.

    Introduction for Teachers

    Parliament of Plants
    with Susanne Kudorfer und Klara Frick, for teachers from Austria, registration required
  • Sat 17.10.

    Workshop

    VERTIEFEN
    Grüner Radierer. Workshop mit Klara Frick
  • Sat 17.10.

    Workshop

    VERTIEFEN
    Susanne Kudorfer stellt das padlet zur Ausstellung vor und was man damit machen kann
  • Sat 17.10.

    Workshop

    VERTIEFEN
    Kunstgespräch mit Susanne Kudorfer zu John Baldessari, Teaching a Plant the Alphabet
  • Sat 17.10.

    Workshop

    VERTIEFEN
    Pflanzenfarbe – Experiment Rotkohl

    Workshop mit Sophia Hamann per ZOOM aus Wien
    im Atelier des Kunstmuseums oder in deiner eigenen Küche
  • Wed 21.10.

    Introduction for Teachers

    Parliament of Plants
    with Susanne Kudorfer und Klara Frick, for teachers from Liechtenstein, Austria and Switzerland. Registration required.
  • Thu 22.10.

    Movie

    Das geheime Leben der Bäume
    by Jörg Adolph, DE 2019, 101'
    In cooperation with Skino, Schaan.
  • Sun 25.10.

    Workshop

    Interview with an orchid
    Workshop with Anna Hilti
    In cooperation with Kunstschule Liechtenstein.
  • Thu 29.10.

    Take Away

    Parliament of Plants
    Short guided tour during the lunch break
  • Thu 29.10.

    Seniors

    Painting Workshop at the Kunstmuseum
    with Beate Frommelt
  • Thu 29.10.

    Discussion

    Historische botanische Bücher
    ***CANCELLED***
    Talk with Peter Goop
    In cooperation with Liechtensteinische Kunstgesellschaft.
  • Thu 5.11.

    Opening

    Principally Painting
    Works from the Hilti Art Foundation
    ***CANCELLED***
  • Thu 12.11.

    Guided tour

    Principally Painting.
    Works from the Hilti Art Foundation
    ***BOOKED OUT***
    with Uwe Wieczorek
  • Sat 14.11.

    Workshop

    Writing Nature
    with Anna Ospelt, accompanied by Toni Büchel
    In cooperation with Junges Literaturhaus Liechtenstein.
  • Sun 15.11.

    Family Workshop

    Family studio
  • Sun 15.11.

    Family Workshop

    Family studio
  • Thu 19.11.

    Movie

    Wild Plants
    by Nicolas Humbert, CH 2016, 109'
    In cooperation with Skino, Schaan.
  • Thu 26.11.

    Take Away

    Imi Knoebel
    Short guided tour during the lunch break
  • Thu 26.11.

    Seniors

    Painting Workshop at the Kunstmuseum
    ***CANCELLED***
    with Beate Frommelt
  • Thu 26.11.

    Discussion

    Phänologische Beobachtungen für die Wissenschaft
    ***CANCELLED***
    Gespräch und Werkbetrachtung mit Barbara Pietragalla
  • Thu 26.11.

    Yoga with Picasso

    Yoga with Eleonora Hertenstein
    An event of the Hilti Art Foundation.
  • Fri 27.11.

    Guided tour

    Parliament of Plants
    ***CANCELLED***
    with Christiane Meyer-Stoll and Annett Höland
  • Fri 27.11.

    Reading

    Nimbus
    ***CANCELLED***
    mit Marion Poschmann
    Ort: Literaturhaus Liechtenstein, Schaan
    In Kooperation mit dem Literaturhaus Liechtenstein, Schaan.
  • Thu 3.12.

    Discussion

    Gespräch über Bäume
    with Rainer Rappmann
    In cooperation with Liechtensteinische Kunstgesellschaft.
    ***BOOKED OUT***
  • Sun 6.12.

    One Hour

    Urwald, Naturwald, Wirtschaftswald:
    Eine Waldgeschichte der letzten 150 Jahre
    Talk with Marco Maierhofer and Gerhard Konrad, chief foresters of Vaduz and Schaan/Planken
  • Thu 10.12.

    Lecture

    Präsentation
    50 Jahre Botanisch-Zoologische Gesellschaft
    Liechtenstein-Sarganserland-Werdenberg e.V.
    ***CANCELLED***
  • Thu 10.12.

    Yoga with Picasso

    Meditation with Roland Dörig (MINDFULMIND)
    An event of the Hilti Art Foundation.
  • Sun 13.12.

    Concert

    Concert for members of Liechtensteinische Kunstgesellschaft
    with Klaus Gesing (saxophone, bass clarinet) and Björn Meyer (bass guitar)
    On occasion of the 45th anniversary of Liechtensteinische Kunstgesellschaft.
  • Thu 17.12.

    Movie

    Seed Warriors
    by Mirjam von Arx and Katharina von Flotow, CH 2010, 86'
    In cooperation with Skino, Schaan.
  • Sun 3.1.

    One Hour

    50 Jahre naturkundliche Forschung
    ***CANCELLED***
    Talk with Josef Biedermann and other members of the Botanisch-Zoologische Gesellschaft Liechtenstein-Sarganserland-Werdenberg e.V.
  • Thu 7.1.

    Discussion

    Sich selbst wiederfinden durch Naturverbundenheit
    ***CANCELLED***
    Gespräch und Werkbetrachtung mit Gerlinde Manz-Christ
    In Kooperation mit der Liechtensteinischen Kunstgesellschaft.
  • Sun 10.1.

    Concert

    Dir das Gemüt grün färben
    ***CANCELLED***
    Literarisch-musikalisches Programm mit dem Trio Gleichklang
  • Thu 14.1.

    Guided tour

    Parliament of Plants
    ***CANCELLED***
  • Sat 16.1.

    seminar

    Wildes Denken – Wildes Fühlen
    ***CANCELLED***
    mit Andreas Weber, Biologe, Ökophilosoph und Schriftsteller, Universität der Künste, Berlin
    Ort: Haus Gutenberg, Balzers
    In Kooperation mit dem Haus Gutenberg, Balzers und der Liechtensteinischen Gesellschaft für Umweltschutz (LGU).
  • Sun 17.1.

    Lecture and discussion

    Ist die Psyche eine Pflanze?
    Die Pflanzenwelt als Schlüssel zur Wirklichkeit
    ***CANCELLED***
    mit Andreas Weber, Biologe, Ökophilosoph und Schriftsteller, Universität der Künste, Berlin, Christiane Meyer-Stoll, Kuratorin und Mitglied der Direktion Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, und Bruno Fluder, Leiter Haus Gutenberg, Balzers
    In Kooperation mit dem Haus Gutenberg, Balzers und der Liechtensteinischen Gesellschaft für Umweltschutz (LGU).
  • Thu 21.1.

    Seniors

    Painting Workshop at the Kunstmuseum
    ***CANCELLED***
    with Beate Frommelt
  • Thu 21.1.

    Movie

    When Tomatoes Met Wagner
    ***CANCELLED***
    von Marianna Economou, GR 2019, 73'
    In Kooperation mit dem Skino, Schaan.
  • Sun 24.1.

    Family Workshop

    Family studio
    ***CANCELLED***
  • Sun 24.1.

    Family Workshop

    Family studio
    ***CANCELLED***
    Museum Studio with creative activities
  • Thu 28.1.

    Take Away

    Principally Painting
    Works from the Hilti Art Foundation
    ***CANCELLED***
    Short guided tour during the lunch break
  • Thu 28.1.

    Guided tour

    Imi Knoebel
    ***CANCELLED***
  • Thu 28.1.

    Yoga with Picasso

    Yoga mit Delia Krattinger
    ***CANCELLED***
    An event of the Hilti Art Foundation.