The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, June 23, 2018

Sotheby's to Sell "The Former Peter Stuyvesant Collection"
Karel Appel, "Tête Tragique", signed and dated 61. Oil on canvas, 229.5 by 299.5 cm. Est: 120,000 - 180,000 EUR. Photo: Sotheby's.

AMSTERDAM.- Sotheby’s announced that it will offer for sale 163 works from the former Peter Stuyvesant Collection, property of British American Tobacco Netherlands (BAT), on Monday, March 8, 2010 at Sotheby’s in Amsterdam. The works from the collection to be offered for sale are estimated to realise in excess of €.4 million.

The collection is the largest collection of Post War and Contemporary Art ever to come at auction in the Netherlands. Starting in the late 1950s it became famous as the Peter Stuyvesant Collection and now consists of more than 1000 works created by artists from over 40 countries. The core body of the collection, which will be offered for sale in March, comprises 163 works by leading artists such as Karel Appel, Arman, Alighiero Boetti, Corneille, Alan Davie, Simon Hantai, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Per Kirkeby, Wilfredo Lam, Robert Mangold, Robert S. Matta, Kenneth Noland, Roman Opalka, Niki de St Phalle, Serge Poliakoff, Manuel Rivera, David Salle, Giuseppe Santomaso, Jan Schoonhoven, Jesus Rafael Soto, Gunther Uecker and Victor Vaserely. All these artworks are completely fresh to the market.

The story behind how this remarkable collection was formed is inspiring: in the late-50s Alexander Orlow, the Managing Director of Turmac Tobacco, put his love for abstract art to industrial use. “However complicated the operations of a machine may look,” he said “it soon becomes monotonous to factory worker”. He wanted to improve their working environment, raise the spirits of his dedicated employees, he decided to and did this by building year by year what in time became a world-class collection of large, colourful contemporary works specifically chosen to be shown in the factories above the machinery and so provide inspiration and stimulation.

As Dr. Wim Beeren one of the advisers to the collection wrote: "Alexander Orlow came up with the sublime idea to place paintings by modern artists in the factories surrounded by the industrial process. It demonstrated the great faith that Orlow had in the works of art to create a stimulating environment within the work process.”

The History of the Collection
The Peter Stuyvesant Collection started as a daring experiment with art in the production company in Zevenaar in the Netherlands, in the late-1950s. Alexander Orlow, then Managing Director of Turmac Tobacco Company in the Netherlands, was the inspiration behind the formation of the collection.

In 1960 Orlow invited 13 artists from various European countries to create paintings for the production halls, the theme being “Joie de vivre”. Each painting would have to be large in size with vivid colours and shapes powerful enough to stand out in the large noisy factory halls. For many of the artists this application of art was a completely new experience. Employees too, were caught unaware by this artistic adventure when the paintings were installed at night as a surprise. The initial response of the majority of employees was disbelief. After six months, the employees even expressed a preference for the abstract works. This was the start of the Peter Stuyvesant Collection.

By 1961 it became clear that there needed to be a guiding hand in the selection of what should be added to the collection. Orlow appointed a succession of highly respected advisors out of the museum world and gave them all a simple brief and a free hand. The criteria for the collection were that

• the works should be large in scale,
• bold in imagery,
• by artists of international standing.

The first adviser appointed was Willem Sandberg, former Director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; then Renilde Hammacher van den Brande, former chief curator for modern art at Museum Boymans van Beuningen in Rotterdam; followed by Wim Beeren, former Director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; and most recently Martijn Sanders, former Director of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw (until 2006).

Over the last 50 years years, the collection has expanded and gained worldwide critical acclaim thanks to the help of these top-class advisors, becoming a highly quality varied and international collection of art that represents artists from Europe, the United States, China, Russia, Brazil and South Africa.

Initially the emphasis was on the Cobra painters Karel Appel, Constant, Lucebert and Corneille, as well as other artists such as Alechinsky, Brands, Saura, Poliakoff, Manessier, Matta and other expressionists active in the 50s and 60s. Later the collection was expanded to include representatives from such movements as Analytical Art, Nouveau Réalisme, Arte Povera, the American color field painters and later movements such as the Neue Wilden.

Sotheby's | Peter Stuyvesant Collection | Karel Appel | Arman | Alighiero Boetti | Corneille | Alan Davie |

Today's News

December 17, 2009

El Greco to Picasso: Exhibition of the Most Representative Works of the Santander Collection

Sotheby's to Sell "The Former Peter Stuyvesant Collection"

Major Royal Academy Art Show Canceled Over Seized Painting

Larry Sultan, Photographer and Longtime CCA Faculty Member, Dies at 63

Man Arrested for Breaking Sculpture by Bernardi Roig

Timothy Taylor Gallery Announces Exhibition of New Paintings by Alex Katz

Cathey McClain Finlon Named President of Denver Art Museum

Indianapolis Museum of Art to Exhibit Fifty Years of Iconic Couture in Spring 2010

Polk Museum of Art Announces Hiring of New Curator of Art

Museum of Modern Art to Present Frederick Wiseman Retrospective

Galerie Lelong Presents "Hélio Oiticica: Drawings, 1954-58"

Antiquities Chief Says Ancient Egyptian Wall Paintings to Return to Luxor

S.M.A.K. to Open Retrospective of Work by Belgian Artist Koen van den Broek

Fundacion ICO Presents the Architecture of Raili and Reima Pietila

Second Solo Exhibition Continues Minneapolis Institute of Arts Photography Series

Metropolitan Museum Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Packard Collection Acquisition

Art Miami's 20th Anniversary Edition Celebrates Strong Attendance and Sales

Impressionist Painting to Contemporary Photography Juxtaposed in Exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art

Another Resounding Success for Freeman's Fine American & European Paintings & Sculpture Sale

Silkeborg Museum of Art: In the Process of Being Transformed and Revitalized

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Porsche Super Speedster offered for first time in 50 years at RM Sotheby's Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction

2.- Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens opens 'Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection'

3.- Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti stars Vincent Cassel as the famed French artist

4.- Stunning colored diamonds expected to dazzle at Heritage Auctions' Summer Fine Jewelry Auction

5.- US designer Kate Spade found dead at 55

6.- Vincent Van Gogh painting sells for over 7 million euros: Artcurial auction house

7.- Sir Stanley Spencer painting discovered hidden under a bed during a drugs raid

8.- Oxford's Bodleian Libraries unveil UK's first major Tolkien exhibition in decades

9.- Major exhibition at the Guggenheim explores decades of work by Alberto Giacometti

10.- World's largest freshwater pearl goes for 320,000 euros

Related Stories

Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Sotheby's New York to offer The Andy Williams Collection of Navajo blankets in May 2012

Buhl Collection brings $12.3M - Highest ever total for a private collection of photos sold at auction

'Casablanca' piano sells in NY for more than $600K

No bidder found for letters by 'Peanuts' creator

Sotheby's names President and CEO William F. Ruprecht as Chairman of the Board of Directors

Sotheby's announces first ever selling exhibition of contemporary art from central Asia and the Caucasus

Mick Jagger love letters written to American singer Marsha Hunt sold at London auction

House of Illustration raises 68,750 in "What are they like?" Celebrity Auction at Sotheby's London

Swiss contemporary art generates enthusiasm among collectors at Sotheby's

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful