Mr. Werner is known for representing some of the most contemporary and imaginative artists including Hurvin Anderson, Enrico David, and Per KirKeby just to mention a few. Each piece tells a story leading one’s mind into a realm of color, obscurity and stunning aesthetics. What I was not expecting was the historic German Castle Werner calls home.
“If Werner’s collection offers a window into Werner’s mind, his estate in Germany provides a complete map of it. The property is like a mini village, centered around a main house that began as a baroque mansion and was fashioned into a neo-Gothic castle by a plant taxonomist called Count Fritz von Schwerin. After the count died, in the 1930s, the house sat empty while the English gardens turned into a kind of Mittel-European jungle—one that Werner has been gradually taming over the past 10 years.” –Christopher Bagley
One can just image the research done in a magnificent library such as this. The room posses ceiling high book cases filled with art catalogues and historical text. With so much reading to be done in such a beautiful space, one would need the perfect library chair.
“None of the main house’s airy salons are crammed with art. Instead, Werner has on view a rotating assortment of paintings, Empire furniture, Murano lamps, and African antiques he has assembled from dealers, auctions, and markets.”
One of Werner’s sitting rooms with a few furnishings, a pair of upholstered benches and a Lüpertz’s Nach Poussin, 1989.
Engligh circa 1860’s pair of ebonzied benches from masonic lodge. AW118
“Werner is most content on his own property, in Germany, where he can curate and re-curate his surroundings exactly as he wishes. Even after the massive donation and loan to the Musée d’Art Moderne, there remains plenty of art left in his storage rooms.”
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