The Hôtel de Caumont Centre d'Art hosts the From Manet to Picasso: Thannhauser's Guggenheim Donation exhibition. This exhibition presents key pieces from the Thannhauser Collection at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York. 44 paintings and 4 sculptures by major Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and modern artists including Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso, are displayed in Europe for the first time since they arrived in New York over 50 years ago. Justin K. Thannhauser (1892-1976) was a leading figure in the spread of European modern art. From a young age he helped his father, Heinrich Thannhauser (1859-1935), to manage his famous Moderne Galerie, founded in Munich in 1909.
The two Thannhausers concocted a remarkable and diverse exhibition schedule featuring French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, Italian Futurists and, very often, contemporary German artists. The gallery also hosted one of the first major Picasso retrospectives in 1913 that sparked a long and close friendship between the artist and Justin Thannhauser which lasted until Picasso's death in 1973. Justin Thannhauser took over the gallery's management from his father and opened branches in Lucerne (1919), Berlin (1927) and Paris (1937). The rise of Nazism and the economic crisis in the 1930s created a negative climate for art that affected gallery business. Thannhauser moved to New York in 1941 and soon made his mark as an art dealer in America. He donated the main pieces from the collection to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York in 1963 where they are displayed in a gallery of the same name. This exceptional presentation of the Thannhauser collection is accompanied by a wonderfully illustrated publication. It presents the latest research about the history of the galleries and their entire collection, including this major donation to the Guggenheim Foundation. The Thannhauser family's relationships with avant-garde artists, collectors and dealers at the time are highlighted in the exhibition and catalogue by period photographs, books and archive documents from the gallery's collection.
The exhibition is curated by Megan Fontanella, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum curator.