OF THE ZANDER COLLECTION
The Zander Collection located in the Schloss Bönnigheim was founded by the gallerist and collector Charlotte Zander (b. 1930 – d. 2014) and is regarded as one of the world’s leading museums of Naïve Art today. Over a period of more than 60 years, Charlotte Zander collected Naïve Art masterpieces with a unique art historical value. The collection comprises key groups of works by classic French Naïve artists, like Henri Rousseau, Séraphine Louis, André Bauchant, Camille Bombois, and Louis Vivin; the American artists Morris Hirshfield and John Kane; the German artists Erich Bödeker and Adalbert Trillhaase, and the Swiss artist Adolf Dietrich.
Charlotte Zander recognized the quality of these works early on, and in the 1950s she began to collect Naïve Art. Beginning in the mid-1960s, she extended her collection to include Art Brut and Outsider Art, collecting works by artists such as Adolf Wölfli, Madge Gill, Carlo Zinelli, Bill Traylor, Scottie Wilson, Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, and the Gugging Artists.
The permanent collection exhibition traces the development of Naïve Art from its beginning in the time around 1900 to long after 1945. It thus demonstrates the art historical significance of this particular style of modern art in the 20th century. Many important avant-garde artist who were searching for something primordial, like Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Jean Dubuffet, and Le Corbusier, were fascinated by the authenticity of this pictorial language.
The Zander Collection, which includes more than 4,500 paintings and sculptures, has been located in the heritage listed Schloss Bönnigheim since 1996. Being able to view the Zander Collection in the historical atmosphere of this late Baroque castle offers visitors a unique experience. In addition to the permanent collection exhibition, we also continually feature new special exhibitions and offer a wide range of art education programs for individual visitors, groups, and families.