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  • “Ars una”: The principle of the collection of von der Heydt

    No other collector at this time collected in such variety as Eduard von der Heydt: works from Japan, China, India, New Guinea, Cameroon, Congo – and paintings by Cézanne, Van Gogh and Picasso.

    He called the principle on which this expansive love of collecting was based “ars una” – there is only one art. He himself decided what was art, and he found it everywhere, in every century, on every continent. He favoured works which emanated calm and grandeur, works in which he found beauty and creative power. He usually preferred representations of humans, of their faces and bodies, as well as depictions of gods and ancestors. Art that was purely decorative or ornamental did not interest him very much.

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