The Donations to Berlin

In spring of 2008 Friedrich Christian Flick made a gift to the Nationalgalerie of 166 works from his collection, among them pieces by Georg Baselitz, Bruce Nauman, Paul McCarthy, Dieter Roth, Richard Artschwager, Isa Genzken/Wolfgang Tillmans, Stan Douglas, Rodney Graham, Pipilotti Rist, Urs Fischer, and Christoph Büchel. 

Friedrich Christian Flick explains: "We selected the works for their importance as museum pieces, most of them key works in the careers of their respective artists. Whenever Ive developed an interest in a particular artist and decided that I like his or her art Ive always tried to collect the artists work in depth and put together blocks of works. I wanted this donation, too, to reflect that approach. I have also given a lot of thought to works that have a direct or indirect connection to Berlin or Germany. I say goodbye to many of my favourite pieces and I do it with joy but also with a bit of melancholy. More than anything, though, I do it with complete confidence in Berlin, in the full knowledge that I am doing the right thing for the artists and the right thing for the museum." Says Klaus-Dieter Lehmann: "This gift is much more than the gesture of a collector. With regard to the stock already held by the Museum the items have been intelligently selected and the donation is an extraordinary expression of common understanding on how a collection might be created. The almost four years of collaboration with Friedrich Christian Flick have borne wonderful fruit in the form of this generous donation of art works."

The works of the donation have been presented in various shows at the Rieckhallen im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. This gift was the largest received from any individual to date since the Nationalgalerie was founded in the 19th century.

In the occasion of his 70th birthday, Friedrich Christian Flick in January 2015 has donated another 102 works of contemporary art to the Nationalgalerie for display at its Hamburger Bahnhof site. Additional to the initial donation, the Hamburger Bahnhof has again received significant works by artists such as Absalon, David Claerbout, Brian O´Doherty, Paul McCarthy, Cindy Sherman or Franz West.

The two donations have been officially presented in autumn 2015 in a major show at the Hamburger Bahnhof.

The web page shows only a selection of the donated works.