Georges Vantongerloo
Works in the collection

Max Bill met Georges Vantongerloo (1886–1965) in 1933 in Paris, in the artist association ‘Abstraction-Création’, and the two men remained close friends until Vantongerloo’s death. Because Bill had played a critical role in understanding the oeuvre of his artist friend and was instrumental in arranging exhibitions for him, the entire estate of Georges Vantongerloo (with the exception of a few works retained by the French state) was entrusted to Max Bill in 1965 and integrated into Bill’s collection.

After Bill’s death, half of the estate was subsequently bequeathed to Angela Thomas, who wrote her doctoral thesis in art history (1986) on Georges Vantongerloo.