The Eccel Kreuzer art collection currently consist of around 1500 works by more than 300 artists from 1900 to the present day. Among the pillars of the collection are three painters with whom the families Eccel and Kreuzer have been friends for decades: Hans Ebensperger, Karl Plattner and Peter Fellin.
The beginnings of the collection go back to the great interest of the company’s founder Ing. Friedrich Eccel and his wife Hilde Eccel Tapfer in contemporary art (painting, sculpture and architecture) in South Tyrol and beyond, who began to collect in the 1950s.
Josef Kreuzer describes this promotion of art in an interview with Carl Kraus: “My father-in-law, Ing. Friedrich Eccel, was an art patron of a special kind. He did not limit himself to buying works from the artists, but he housed some artists for months and years in his large villa in via San Quirino.”
The relationships with the artists were built on deep friendship and mutual appreciation. Against this complex background, an extensive and in part important art collection of the modern art from Tyrol with a focus on painting was created.
The daughter of the couple, Eva, shared the interests of her parents and, after studying art history in Innsbruck and Vienna, became an important art critic in South Tyrol through her publications on Tyrolean art in the 1980s and 1990s.
Together with her husband, the judge Josef Kreuzer, Eva Eccel expanded her parents art collection.
After the separation of the couple Kreuzer Eccel at the end of the 1990s, the historic house in downtown Bolzano as well as a large part of the present collection fell to Josef Kreuzer, who substantially expanded the collection until his death in January 2017, under the motto “from Ala to Kufstein”. A comprehensive documentation of modern painting from the regions of Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino was created.
Excerpts from the collection were shown in two exhibitions first in Bruneck (pictures of a century – South Tyrol, Tyrol, Trentino from 1900 to the present day; Immaginidi un secolo – Alto Adige, Tirolo,Trentino dal 1900 ad oggi – 31.10. – 06.12.2015) and in Trento (Arte dopo il/Kunst nach 1900, Tirolo-Alto Adige-Trentino, Opere dalla Collezione Kreuzer/Tirol-Südtirol-Trentino, works from the Kreuzer Collection, Palazzo Trentini 14.01.-11.03.2017)