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The collection of the former Cologne gallery owner and collector Rolf Ricke focusses on works of American Post-Minimalism and conceptual art. Assembled from the 1960s onwards in close cooperation with the artists – most of them exponents of the New York art scene – it not only played a pioneering role in the reception of contemporary American art in Europe, but also encompasses a large number of works of considerable art-historical importance. Included are examples by Richard Artschwager, Jo Baer, Bill Bollinger, Harriet Korman, Gary Kuehn, Barry Le Va, Lee Lozano, Richard Serra, Paul Sharits, Keith Sonnier, Lewis Stein, David Reed and Günter Umberg as well as artists of the following generation such as Jessica Diamond, Thom Merrick, Cady Noland, Carl Ostendarp and Steven Parrino. In 2006, the MMK, the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein and the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen together acquired the collection. In many respects, it built on the existing MMK collection, enriching it with a range of new resonances and references.

Nothing from Nothing
Carl Ostendarp
Nothing from Nothing, 1992
Carl Ostendarp
Make, 1992
Carl Ostendarp
Untitled, 1996
Bent Painting
Steven Parrino
Bent Painting, 1991
Snake Lake
Steven Parrino
Snake Lake, 1991
Ohne Titel
Steven Parrino
Ohne Titel, 1993
Laurie Parsons
Pieces, 1989
David Reed
#270, 1988/89
MOON HAT<br />to be set out under full moon
James Rosenquist
to be set out under full moon,