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Nierendorf, Karl

in Oxford Art Online


Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T062434

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(b Düsseldorf, April 18, 1889; d New York, Oct 25, 1947).

German art dealer and collector. He founded Kairos Verlag, and his publications included the magazine Der Strom, the works of Hans Hansen, and drawings by Max Ernst, H. Hoerle, and Otto Freundlich. In 1919 he founded the Gesellschaft der Künste in the hope of reviving Cologne’s artistic life. Under its auspices the Dadaists mounted their first manifestations in Cologne. In 1920 Nierendorf founded the Galerie Nierendorf in Cologne, which became a showcase for the works of the Blaue Reiter artists and of Otto Dix and Hans Cürlis. In 1936 he emigrated to the USA, where he opened the Galerie Nierendorf in New York. In 1948 Nierendorf’s own collection of works by Oskar Kokoschka, Paul Klee, Marc Chagall, Lyonel Feininger, and Ernst Kirchner, among others, was purchased by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, under the directorship of James Johnson Sweeney.

ed.: Paul Klee: Paintings, Watercolors, 1913 to 1939 (New York, 1941)...

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Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; 20th-Century Art

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