The Foundation Dedicated to Undersung Artists Hans Hartung and Anna-Eva Bergman Reopens in France After a Two-Year Revamp

The couple's former home now has an art gallery and residency space.

The Hartung-Bergman Foundation. Courtesy of the foundation and Perrotin. Photographed and edited by Claire Dorn.
The Hartung-Bergman Foundation. Courtesy of the foundation and Perrotin. Photographed and edited by Claire Dorn.

The home of the Hartung-Bergman Foundation in Antibes, France, which is dedicated to the legacies of artists Hans Hartung and his wife, the Norwegian painter Anna-Eva Bergman, has reopened after a two-year revamp.

The building, originally designed by Hartung and built in 1961 as a home and studio for himself and Bergman, now has a permanent exhibition space, screening rooms, residency quarters, and research and archive areas, all built out by architect Cristiano Isnardi.

Thomas Schlesser, the foundation’s director, said the “exceptional beauty” of the villa lent itself to the renovation, after which the building is now open to the public for the first time.

Anna-Eva Bergman, <i>N°63-1961 Big universe with small squares</i> (1961). Courtesy of Perrotin.

Anna-Eva Bergman, N°63-1961 Big universe with small squares (1961). Courtesy of Perrotin.

Hartung, a French-German artist known for his involvement in the Art Informel movement, met Bergman in Paris, and the two married in 1929. But by the end of his life in 1989, Hartung’s work was considered unfashionable.

“Museums, especially French museums, broke with him,” Schlesser said.

Bergman, who found support from critics and was represented by the Galerie du France, also never advanced beyond a certain point, in part because she was always in Hartung’s shadow.

The opening of the foundation is intended to reintroduce the artists. Its inaugural exhibition, “The Archives of Creation,” opens on May 11 and will feature previously unseen correspondence between the couple and other ephemera.

A related show will open at Perrotin in New York in September and a presentation of Bergman’s work at TEFAF New York next month. Schlesser is also working on a biography scheduled to be published in October.


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