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ASCHER COLLECTION

A small, but outstanding collection of works on paper, donated to Louisiana by the late Celia Ascher, is currently on view at the entrance to the South Wing.

For decades Celia Ascher (1920-2014) was one of the Louisiana Museum’s faithful friends and generous supporters. She was the director of The Riklis-McClory collection when in the late 1970s a number of museums, including Louisiana, were offered an opportunity to show the American McCrory Collection of Constructivist art, then the best overview of this art movement in existence.

After the exhibition’s long tour it was decided to divide the large collection among three museums: The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Tel Aviv Museum in Israel and the Louisiana, which received around 200 paintings, drawings and sculptures as a valuable supplement to the museum’s existing collection. Since then - and until her death in 2014 - Celia Ascher continuously donated more mainly Suprematist and Concrete works on paper to the museum in her own and her husband’s name.

A selection from this excellent collection is often on show at the entrance of the South Wing, where visitors can follow one of the most important art movements of the 20th century from the first decades of the century – with works by the pioneers of Constructivism in Russia, Bauhaus in Germany and De Stijl in Holland as well as Abstraction-Création in Paris. The more socially critical aspect of the art of the period is represented by satirical drawings by George Grosz.

SELECTED WORKS FROM THE ASCHER COLLECTION

NATAN ALTMAN
Untitled, 1916

GEORGE GROSZ
Ausbeuter, 1919

SONIA DELAUNAY-TERK
Projet de tissue, 1924

LAJOS KASSÁK
L'Oeuf dur, 1923

VATVARA STEPANOVA
Untitled, undated

EL LISSITZKY
Zankstifter (Sieg über die Sonne), 1923

LÁSZLÓ MOHOLY-NAGY
Pneumatic, 1923 

VILMOS HUSZAR
Composition,1918-1920