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The Economist – apart from being required reading – has magical touches.

Last week’s issue featured an exceptional exhibition of art in Frankfurt’s Portikus gallery, a tall, lean building of Shaker simplicity in Swedish-barn red, perched on an island in the middle of the Main river and linked to the Alte Brücke by a suspended walkway.

The story’s simple:
Hartmut Rausch and his wife Helga were caretakers at the Städelschule, Frankfurt’s art school.

2 students gave him 2 paintings for his 50th birthday in 1993 and – over the years – the collection swelled, fed by students and professors.

This is “art that has been utterly insulated from commercialism from execution to acquisition to display”

Their collection of almost 400 works runs until this Sunday.

Get there.

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