Decisive for its success are the quality and diversity of its works, which are selected with an emphasis on contemporary topics. Corporate collections are all about building bridges for people who have little to no contact with art and culture in their day-to-day lives, opening up worlds that may seem inaccessible to many at first, but which can also open up new perspectives and realisations at a second glance. For this reason, I would like to present highlights from the 3,700 or so artworks in the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection, presenting in each issue a brief story about the eternal drive for novelty in art. As the very first profile, I have chosen a true visionary from Stuttgart.
The multi-talented Oskar Schlemmer (1888–1943) is now considered one of the most experimental artists of the early 20th century. Trained in Stuttgart as a painter and a dancer, he also made a profession for three decades as a sculptor, illustrator, graphic designer and set designer for the theatre. As one of the teachers at the Bauhaus institute, which opened in Weimar in 1919, he shaped an entire generation of young creative minds who went on to carry his spirit with them into the world.