The economist, doctor of tropical medicine and philanthropist Dr. Gustav Rau was born in Stuttgart in 1922. Over a period of 40 years he assembled one of the finest and most important private art collections in Europe. When Rau died in 2002, he left his outstanding collection to the children's aid organisation UNICEF. It was his wish that for 18 years his most valuable paintings and sculptures should be made available on public view. Until 2026 this will take place in the specially arranged Kunstkammer Rau in the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck.
Since 2008 275 paintings and sculptures have been shown in continuously changing exhibitions from constantly new angles. The collection includes European paintings from the fifteenth century through to Late Impressionism as well as sculptures from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century, including masterpieces by Fra Angelico, Antonio Canaletto, François Boucher, Judith Leyster, Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Mary Cassatt, Max Liebermann and Claude Monet. In the exhibition archives you will find an overview of the subjects of the exhibitions to date.
You will find further information about the Rau Collection for UNICEF and the art collector Gustav Rau on the UNICEF website.