Eberhard W. Kornfeld

Collector, Auctioneer, Publisher, Connoisseur

GELEBTE KUNST [LIVED ART] is a documentary portrait of his protagonist, Eberhard W. Kornfeld, the noted collector, art dealer, publisher, auctioneer and connoisseur.
The film is also a voyage into art. Featuring major works from Dürer via the classical modernists to post-war artists, the Kornfeld collection offers an exceptionally tantalising array of ‘destinations’, including Rembrandt, Seurat, Schiele, Kirchner, Klee, Chagall, Degas, Toulouse Lautrec, Picasso, Alberto Giacometti and Sam Francis.

The film is an account of the life of Eberhard W. Kornfeld, 85, who has spent more than half a century devoting himself to a great many aspects of fine art – as a publicist (see, for instance, his monograph on Ernst Ludwig Kirchner); a publisher (work catalogues on the prints of artists such as Klee, Chagall and Alberto Giacometti); a major auctioneer (Old Masters, classical modernists, contemporary art); a collector (one of the world’s most important collections of prints by Rembrandt); a patron (he donated this collection to the Kunstmuseum Basel); and friend to major artists including Alberto Giacometti, Marc Chagall and Sam Francis.