Kunstkammer Georg Laue

Portrait Georg Laue

Kunstkammer Georg Laue

Georg Laue founded the Kunstkammer Georg Laue in 1997 in the immediate vicinity of the three Pinakotheken in Munich. There he exhibits artworks of museum standards from the 16th to the 18th centuries in splendid historical rooms. These artworks were once wondrous objects part of the Kunst– and Wunderkammer of the Renaissance and Baroque period. Such pieces include non-European works (exotica), natural objects (naturalia), scientific instruments (scientifica), natural marvels (mirabilia), and skilfully crafted artworks (artificialia). Here artworks made of a wide variety of materials are displayed in a lively manner. Thus objects made of amber, ivory, coral, silver, shell, stone, bronze, and coconut create the atmosphere of the princely Kunstkammer, which is in itself a small-scale representation of the cosmos. At the same time, the Kunstkammer illustrates the position of mankind in the universe on the basis of his ability to produce “artistic” creations. Georg Laue is convinced that Kunst– and Wunderkammer offer a type of aesthetic school for modern society. It is for this reason that he decided to specialise in Kunstkammer objects in addition to the construction and presentation of Kunstkammer collections. In so doing, he not only supports collectors, but also public institutions such as museums and foundations with the preparation and the realisation of Kunstkammer exhibitions.

Georg Laue’s interest in Renaissance and Baroque objects KunstkammerGL DSC0079 250was already awakened during his youth with the influence of his father’s art dealership, which was founded in the 1960s. During his studies of art history, ethnology, and ecclesiastical history, he deepened his passion for Kunst– and Wunderkammer. As an art historian, he has released a series of elaborately designed catalogues since 1999 through his own in-house publishing company. The catalogues themselves are a product of the cooperation of different specialists and are considered reference works in academic circles. This publication series, which comprises eleven volumes to date, is devoted to different themes surrounding the topic of the Kunstkammer: scientifica and exotica, vanitas objects, Kunstkammer furniture, precious cutlery, amber and ivory artworks as well as filigree glass from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Georg Laue has displayed exquisite artworks from the Renaissance and the Baroque period in parallel with contemporary works in several special exhibitions. For example, he staged an exhibition in cooperation with Colnaghi in London in the fall of 2013 called "Art of the Curious," which highlighted the interaction between art and nature by means of specially chosen Kunstkammer objects, Old Master paintings, drawings, as well as contemporary pieces. In the exhibition "The Oceans. Dreams and Realities" organised by the ERES-Foundation in Munich in 2011, Georg Laue curated artworks from Agnès Varda and works by other contemporary artists in conjunction with an ocean-themed Wunderkammer full of precious items from the 16th to 19th centuries. Moreover, he installed a Wunderkammer for the Olbricht collection in 2007 in the Museum Folkwang in Essen, a display in the Weserburg Museum for Modern Art in Bremen in 2008/2009, another Kunstkammer in the Kunsthalle Krems in 2010 as well as a display in La Maison Rouge in Paris in 2011. Georg Laue has also curated the permanent exhibition “Wunderkammer Olbricht” in the me Collectors Room in Berlin since May 2010. Also noteworthy is the exhibition "Polke - Bernstein Amber," which he organised in 2006 in cooperation with the Michael Werner Gallery in New York. At this exhibition, he displayed a collection of Renaissance and amber objects in combination with works by Sigmar Polke. Furthermore, the yearly collective stand at Frieze Masters London with the Peter Freeman Inc. gallery based in New York, which specialises in contemporary art, continues to attract visitors with its beautiful and inspiring combination of Renaissance, Baroque, and contemporary artworks. This collaboration between Georg Laue and Peter Freeman began in New York in 2004 with a unique and exciting exhibition - called "A Collector´s Cabinet of Curiosities".

KunstkammerGL TEFAF 250The Kunstkammer Georg Laue is a regular exhibitor at TEFAF (The European Fine Art Foundation) in Maastricht, at Frieze Masters in London, as well as at the HIGHLIGHTS – International Art Fair in Munich. In addition, the Kunstkammer Georg Laue participated in the BIAF (Biennale Internazionale dell´Antiquariato di Firenze) in Florence in 2015 in cooperation with the HIGHLIGHTS fair and since 2016 in the TEFAF in New York Fall.


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2020   Exhibitor TEFAF, Maastricht

2019   Exhibitor HIGHLIGHTS – International Art Fair, Munich Residenz

2019   Exhibitor TEFAF, New York

2019   Exhibitor TEFAF, Maastricht

2018   Exhibitor TEFAF, New York

2018   Exhibitor Frieze Masters, London

2018   Volume IV & V Kunstkammer Edition

2018   Exhibitor TEFAF, Maastricht

2017   Exhibitor TEFAF, New York

2017   Exhibitor Frieze Masters, London

2017   Catalogue Volume XI "Tresor"

2017   Exhibitor TEFAF, Maastricht

2016   Exhibitor HIGHLIGHTS – International Art Fair, Munich Residenz

2016   Exhibitor TEFAF, New York

2016   Exhibitor Frieze Masters, London

2016   Launch Kunstkammer Edition

2016   Exhibitor TEFAF, Maastricht

2015   Exhibitor HIGHLIGHTS – International Art Fair, Munich Residenz

2015   Exhibitor Frieze Masters, London

2015   Exhibitor Biennale dell’Antiquariato, Florence

2015   Exhibitor TEFAF, Maastricht

2014   Exhibition HIGHLIGHTS – International Art Fair, Munich Residenz

2014   Exhibitor Frieze Masters, London

2014   Catalogue Volume X
“The White Gold of Venice“

2014   Exhibitor TEFAF, Maastricht

2013   Exhibition “Art of the Curious“, London

2013   Exhibitor HIGHLIGHTS – International Art Fair, Munich Residenz

2013   Exhibitor TEFAF, Maastricht

2012   Exhibitor HIGHLIGHTS – International Art Fair, Haus der Kunst, Munich

2012   Catalogue Volume IX “Exotica“

2012   Exhibitor TEFAF, Maastricht

2011   Exhibitor HIGHLIGHTS – International Art Fair, Haus der Kunst, Munich

2011   Exhibition „The Oceans – Dreams and Realities“, Eres-Foundation Munich

2011   Exhibitor TEFAF, Maastricht

2010   Exhibition HIGHLIGHTS – International Art Fair, Munich,

2010   Opening of the Wunderkammer Olbricht, Berlin

2010   Catalogue Volume VIII „Precious Cutlery for European Kunstkammer“

2010   Exhibitor TEFAF, Maastricht

2009   Founding of the HIGHLIGHTS – International Art Fair, Munich

2009   Exhibitor TEFAF, Maastricht

2009   Author in the Book “Ambre, mémoire du temps“

2008   Catalogue Volume VII “Furniture for the European Kunstkammer“

2008   Exhibitor Sculptura – European Sculpture Fair, Berlin

2008   Exhibitor TEFAF, Maastricht

2007   Exhibitor TEFAF, Maastricht

2006   Exhibition “Polke – Bernstein Amber”, New York

2006   Exhibitor Biennale des Antiquaires, Paris

2006   Catalogue Volume VI “Amber – Treasuries for European Kunstkammer“

2006   Exhibitor TEFAF, Maastricht

2005   Exhibitor “Amber for Throne and Altar“, Vienna

2005   Founder and Exhibitor Munich Highlights

2005   Exhibitor TEFAF, Maastricht

2004   Exhibition “A Collector´s Cabinet of Curiosities“, New York

2004   Catalogue Volume V “Scientifica“

2004   Catalogue Volume IV “Turned Treasuries“

2004   Exhibitor TEFAF, Maastricht

2003   Exhibitor TEFAF, Maastricht

2002   Catalogue Volume III „Memento Mori“

2002   Exhibitor TEFAF, Maastricht

2001   Exhibitor Ars Nobilis, Berlin

2001   Catalogue Volume II “The Amber Cabinet“

2001   Exhibitor TEFAF, Maastricht

2000   Exhibitor TEFAF, Maastricht

1999   Catalogue Volume I “Wonders are collectable“

1999   The Publishing Company Kunstkammer Georg Laue is founded

1999   Exhibitor Kunstmesse Munich

1997   The Kunstkammer Georg Laue is founded