In March 2002 Linz theologian, philosopher, art expert and retired university professor Günter Rombold presented his significant art collection to the State of Upper Austria. This collection of more than 500 works ranges from Modern Art with a focus on Expressionism and works by Upper Austrian master of drawing Alfred Kubin right up to contemporary painting, graphics and sculpture after 1945. Following his death in December 2017, more than 200 further works from his estate came into the collection at the Landesgalerie.
A selection of these significant collections are now being presented to the public. The exhibition pursues the question of the emotionality and sensuality of art, concepts closely related to expressivity. More light is also shed on the different forms of viewing art and thus on questions of perception. Both are matters which Günter Rombold represented throughout his life in his collecting activities and also in his teaching. Austrian artists such as Siegfried Anzinger and Maria Lassnig will be on display as well as works by masters of world renown such as Max Beckmann, Lovis Corinth and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. A special focus of his collection activity was the work of Arnulf Rainer, which will be presented in a separate room.
Alfred Kubin will also be especially honoured within this exhibition. With the aid of the more than 100 drawings by Kubin contained in the Rombold collection, the Kubin Cabinet at the Landesgalerie Linz will shed light on the special relationship between the art theoretician and theologian Günter Rombold and Kubin.
A catalogue containing the whole inventory of the Rombold collection is published in connection with the exhibition.