NEW YORK—The booth of Galerie Krugier & Cie., Geneva and New York, at Art Basel was given over to an exhibition in honor of the late dealer Jan Krugier, organized by his daughter Tzila Krugier, who worked alongside her father for decades.
The show featured works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Paul Cézanne, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. According to a statement from the gallery, the exhibition was an exploration of Jan Krugier’s “life, his passion, his vivacity and his creativity.” The show included works selected from gallery inventory, as well as several that had only been seen in museums until now.
Among the highlights were Picasso’s oil Personnage, 1971, which Tzila Krugier said “embodies the kind of restless creativity that characterized Picasso in his final years,” and which held “special significance” for her father. Also shown was Bram van Velde’s Composition, 1957. Van Velde was the first artist Jan Krugier chose to represent after opening his first gallery in 1962. Contemporary artists in the show included Michel Haas, Geneviève Asse, Zoran Music and Irving Petlin.