1936–1959: The Collection of Emil Bührle
Exhibition Kunsthaus, 1958


When he died in 1956, Emil Bührle left no instructions concerning what was to be done with the works in his collection. In June 1958, the exhibition gallery with which Bührle had endowed the Kunsthaus Zürich was inaugurated with an exhibition including a large part of his collection. The exhibition catalogue contains 321 numbers and was published with exceptionally complete provenance data and bibliographical details. At the time, the collection still comprised some 550 of the 633 works that Emil Bührle had acquired throughout his life. Of these, 40 were swapped for other works or given away during his lifetime, as Bührle was not in the habit of selling pictures once he had acquired them, and more were disposed of between 1957 and 1959. Small but also very representative groups of works were exhibited after the Zurich exhibition in 1958 and 1959 at the Haus der Kunst in Munich and Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin.