Death announced of major benefactress to Kunsthaus art gallery

The death has been announced of Christine Kamm-Kyburz at the age of 69.

Along with her late husband Peter, and her sister, Christa, Kamm-Kyburz set up the Friends of Kunsthaus Zug Foundation and made a huge contribution to the success of the gallery.

It was as early as 1971 that the then 22- year-old Kamm-Kyburz joined the board of the Zug Art Society, a position she held until her death following an undisclosed illness on Monday 28 January.

Throughout the Eighties, the young art historian was very much engaged with organising exhibitions at the Kunsthaus in an honorary capacity. In 2015 she took on the role as temporary chair, enabling the board to be re-structured, and was subsequently made honorary member the following year.

It was in 1998, that, with others, Kamm-Kyburz set up the Kamm Collection Foundation which sought to enable works by Viennese artists Klimt, Hoffman, Moser, Gerstl, Schiele, Kokoschka and Wotruba, to mention just a few, to be exhibited at the Kunsthaus, contributing much to the long-term enhancement of Zug as a cultural location.

In fact it was as a result of the afore-mentioned exhibition and subsequent related ones that the Kunsthaus Zug has risen to become more known nationally. Dr Kamm-Kyburz was recognised as an international expert in this Wiener Moderne (Viennese Modern Age) art movement, not just in painting but in architecture and design, too, though she was also well versed in more local regional art, including local architecture.

Both Peter and Christine Kamm-Kyburz were avid collectors of contemporary art and were instrumental in assuring works by Roman Signer were also exhibited at the gallery. Indeed, following her husband’s death, Kamm-Kyburz made sure that Signer’s “Lake View”, enabling visitors to see below the surface of the lake off the city quayside, became part of the Kunsthaus collection. Sadly, she will not be able to see the forthcoming exhibition of the artist’s works, which she had greatly looked forward to.

In her eyes, there was no distinction between well-known and unknown, old and new, international and local, high and applied, works of art; she was both and specialist and an allrounder in one, always open and curious, ready to enthuse but also critical, and one who always carried out her activities as benefactress in a most discrete way.

A funeral service for Christine Kamm-Kyburz is to be held at the St Oswald Kirche on Sankt Oswald Gasse in the city at 2 pm on Wednesday 13 February.

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