Une vie avec Matisse, Picasso, Le Corbusier, Christo…
Teto Ahrenberg et ses collections
Theodor “Teto” Ahrenberg (1912-1989) was one of the greatest collectors of post-war modern art. Through his encounters and travels, he collected nearly a thousand works by the greatest artists of the time, Matisse, Picasso, Chagall, Le Corbusier, and the younger generation, Tadeusz Kantor, Olle Baertling, Jean Tinguely. Confiscated arbitrarily and auctioned by the Swedish government in 1962, this magnificent collection was dispersed, and the museum project designed by Le Corbusier for the city of Stockholm was abandoned. But that did not stop Teto Ahrenberg’s enthusiasm. Installed with his family on Lake Geneva, he continued to support and encourage his artist friends, and reconstructed a second collection, this time dedicated to the avant-garde with, among others, Christo, Lucio Fontana, Arman, Tinguely, Niki de Saint Phalle. This superb book, well documented, brings together the scattered collection. It recounts the special ties that Teto Ahrenberg has maintained with each of the artists whose works he has collected, and returns in detail to the museum imagined by Le Corbusier. Illustrated with beautiful reproductions, and archival photos for many unpublished, it is the unique testimony of a life spent in the heart of art and alongside artists. With contributions from Staffan Ahrenberg, Olivier Berggruen, Daniel Birnbaum, Jeanette Bonnier, Christo, Jean-Louis Cohen, Erling Kagge, Eberhard W. Kornfeld, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Carrie Pilto and Simon de Pury.