Christie’s is delighted to offer a selection of the thoughtful and highly personal texture of The Schulhof Collection.
The Schulhof name is one that has resonated in the international art community for over sixty years and has come to signify the passion and exceptional connoisseurship of two of the greatest collectors of their time, Hannelore and Rudolph Schulhof. Over the span of more than half a century the couple created an unrivalled collection of paintings, sculpture and works on paper that captured not only the momentous changes that were happening within the art world, but also demonstrated their personal commitment to supporting both the careers of artists and also the museum community.
The Schulhof’s vision extended from the powerful elegance of Richard Serra’s Schulhof’s Curve
and Eduardo Chillida’s exquisite iron works to Agnes Martin’s spiritual minimalism and the abstract lyricism of Afro’s Porta Portese
. Every aspect of their collection exudes the harmony and balance that was integral to their lives. One of the most remarkable aspects of the Schulhof Collection is the fact that Hannelore and Rudolph kept nearly every work they ever acquired, speaking to the immense amount of time and thought they put into every acquisition and their intense personal connection with every object they owned. In addition to their collecting expertise, their support of the arts community was also legendary with institutions such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the National Gallery in Washington and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem all benefitting from the couple’s largess. Together they built a collection that will continue to inspire and educate future generations due to their great institutional generosity