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Dannheisser, Werner

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role Collector
dates 1909–1992
city New York
other citiesEast Hampton, NY;
gender M
historical notes Art collector and businessman.

Dannheisser collected art with his wife Elaine, he was refugee from Nazi Germany and owner of an engraving company.

The Dannheisser collection included, among other things, works by Picasso, Leger, Rouault, Dubuffet, Rothko, Rauschenberg, Agnes Martin, Robert Gober, Koons Gonzalez-Torres, Bruce Nauman, Sigmar Polke, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, Thomas Struth and Joseph Beuys.

In 1982, the couple established the Dannheisser Foundation, which donates works to museums and maintains a 9,000-square-foot space on Duane Street in lower Manhattan for art displays and on-site performances.

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The Museum of Modern Art On the edge, contemporary art from the Werner and Elaine Dannheisser collection. 1997-1998 : Archives pamphlet file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. see details...
The Museum of Modern Art Collectors Records, 1929-1987 see details...

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Dannheisser, Elaine