The extended Ströher family made billions when they sold 80 percent of their shares in Sylvia Ströher’s great-grandfather’s company, Wella AG, to Procter & Gamble in 2004. They made enemies when they sold her great-uncle’s significant art collection—a collection that had adorned his home city for decades. Sylvia and her husband, Ulrich, are building their own impressive collection, however—and they are sharing it with Duisburg, Germany. The couple owns over 1,500 pieces, most of which are housed in the Museum Küppersmühle of Modern Art. One of the most comprehensive collections of German art after 1945, it includes pieces by internationally renowned German artists such as Josef Albers, Sigmar Polke, and Gerhard Richter, among countless others—and it is open to the public.
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