For more than 50 years, Galerie Thomas has been committed to dealing with German Expressionist and Classic Modern Art and ranks as a leading international gallery. It places important paintings and sculptures from this special field, thus making an important contribution to building and establishing premium art collections.
Raimund Thomas and Silke Thomas value maintaining personal contact with the collectors; in face to face conversations - be they at the gallery, at art fairs, or at the collectors' homes - ideas are developed, knowledge is exchanged, and negotiations are settled.
Clients of the gallery appreciate not only the expertise and broad contacts, but above all values such as confidentiality, a trusting partnership and top standards of quality.
Raimund Thomas, born in Krefeld, opened his gallery on the third floor of Maximilianstrasse 25 in Munich back in the year 1964. Then 26 years old, Thomas wanted to create a space "for people who think outside the box". His core belief was that a gallery should be a sales room as well as a place of discussion and conversation.
The gallery soon advanced to a primary address for Modern Art and is now one of the world's leading art dealers in the fields of German Expressionism and Classic Modernism. Since 1996, Raimund Thomas has been co-managing the gallery with his daughter, the art historian Silke Thomas.
The 1960s - The Founding and the First Years
Over the first years, the gallery programme was centred on avant-garde art, with exhibitions of works by Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni, Josef Albers, Cy Twombly, Eduardo Chillida, but also Gerhard Richter, Joseph Beuys, Dieter Roth, Horst Antes and Gotthard Graubner.
As for selling art, Thomas also explored new avenues during this period: in 1967, Raimund Thomas and a small group of colleagues founded the Kölner Kunstmarkt, the precursor of today's Art Cologne.
The 1970s - Expansion of the Programme
In the mid-1970s, Galerie Thomas shifted its focus to Classic Modernism and German Expressionism, with exhibitions of works by Max Pechstein, Erich Heckel and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff or Emil Nolde. An absolute highlight of the 1970s was the Oskar Schlemmer exhibition in 1975. Thomas made his breakthrough in 1978, however, when he exhibited 100 works by Alexej von Jawlensky that had never been shown before.
The 1980s - Sammlung Rheingarten, Graffiti, A11 Art Forum
Early in 1981, Raimund Thomas purchased the collection 'Sammlung Rheingarten'. This code name refers to one of the most excellent collections of German Expressionist Art, including works by Max Beckmann, Heinrich Campendonk, Lovis Corinth, Adolf Erbslöh, Lyonel Feininger, George Grosz, Erich Heckel, Alexej von Jawlensky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Franz Marc, Henry Moore, Otto Mueller, Edvard Munch, Emil Nolde, Max Pechstein and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. The marketing of this collection consolidated Thomas' reputation in the field of German Expressionism and Classic Modernism.
Another high-profile project during these years was an exhibition with the main players of the New York graffiti scene in 1984. Raimund Thomas invited New York graffiti artists Daze, Noc, Lady Pink, Toxic, Crash, Seen and Zephyr – as well as their frontman A-One to Munich. In front of the gallery, on fancy Maximilianstrasse and right next to the most upscale shops, a public spraying action took place.
A11 Art Forum was also founded in the 1980s. With more than 2000 square metres, it was conceived as a private art space and was opened in March 1987 with the exhibition 'Sammlung Thomas - Kunst aus den achtziger Jahren' ['The Thomas Collection - Art from the Eighties']. Following exhibitions ranged from the complete lithographic work of Pablo Picasso to the paintings of the Italian Transavantgarde movement (Enzo Cucchi, Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Nicola de Maria, Mimmo Paladino). The 'Neue Wilde' such as Rainer Fetting, Helmut Middendorf, Salomé, Bernd Zimmer, and others were represented alongside Rupprecht Geiger, Otto Piene, Victor Vasarely, as well as young artists from China. Joseph Beuys, who died in 1986, was honoured with an homage exhibition at the A11 Art Forum. Buchheim's watercolours 'Die Tropen von Feldafing' were also presented in the rooms in Adelgundenstrasse. For financial reasons, the A11 Art Forum was closed down in the summer of 1990.
The 1990s - Traditional Values
Against the backdrop of the difficult economic situation and the collapse of the art market in 1989/1990, the exhibition programme of the following years returned to the traditional values of German Expressionism and Classic Modernism. During those years, Raimund Thomas exhibited the works of well-known artists such as Hans Hofmann, Alexej von Jawlensky, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Edvard Munch, Emil Schumacher, Lyonel Feininger or Alexander Archipenko.
From 2000 to Today: Looking Back and Moving Forward
On occasion of the turn of the millennium, two exhibitions took a look back at 20th century Modernism - highlights in the exhibition 'Meisterwerke II' ['Masterpieces II'] and the themed exhibition 'Abstraktion nach 1945' ['Abstraction After 1945']. Other important exhibitions of that decade include presentations of colour painters such as Henri Matisse, Sam Francis or Ernst Wilhelm Nay. Moreover, there were themed exhibitions with sculptures by Joan Miró, William Turnbull, Markus Lüpertz, and others. More 'space-consuming' projects were also initiated by Galerie Thomas during those years, for instance the 2007 presentation of Fernando Botero's sensual monumental sculptures on the Berlin Museum Island. A high-profile Chaim Soutine exhibition was held in spring 2009. Another highly-praised solo exhibition at Galerie Thomas presented the sculptures of Alexander Archipenko in autumn that same year.
In 2009, Raimund Thomas and Silke Thomas decided to open a second gallery, focussed on presenting established Contemporary Art. At Türkenstrasse 16, opposite to the Pinakothek der Moderne, Türkenturm and the Brandhorst Collection, new and larger rooms were rented. In October 2009, Galerie Thomas Modern opened, with works by Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer and Cy Twombly.
At Maximilianstrasse 25, leading artists such as Fernando Botero, Hans Arp, Eduardo Chillida, Max Beckmann and Pablo Picasso were presented from 2009 on. Importance was attached to juxtaposing artist personalities, as comparisons deepen the viewers' understanding. In 2010, the works of Alexander Calder and Joan Miró were shown side by side. In 2012, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Willem de Kooning followed, and in 2013, works by Edvard Munch and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner were shown alongside each other. In 2014, there was an homage to the artist group 'Die Blaue Vier' which was founded in 1924 by Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Lyonel Feininger and Alexej von Jawlensky.
In the year 2014, Galerie Thomas celebrated its 50th anniversary as well as the fifth anniversary of Galerie Thomas Modern. A retrospective exhibition in Maximilianstrasse 25 as well as Türkenstrasse 16 portrayed the history of the gallery, and a great celebration in early September completed the anniversary programme.
In 2015, another new beginning took place: the works of the Expressionists and of the proponents of Classic Modernism were transferred from Maximilianstrasse to the now well-established art quarter in Türkenstrasse. Now, both conceptual core areas of the gallery - Classic and Contemporary - are united under the same roof.
Comprehensive art consultation is a matter of trust. For more than 50 years, Galerie Thomas has been dealing paintings and objects from the fields of Classic Modernism, Expressionism, and Post-War Art.
Based on our standing networks, we offer you experienced advice and competence when it comes to buying and selling works of art. Moreover, we are pleased to assist you in all matters involved in dealing with art.
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