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The most beautiful road bikes come from Italy !?

In the last exhibition at the Galerienhaus Stuttgart Hartmann Projects does not show photographic artworks as usually but gives it’s walls to a collection of Italian racing bicycle classics (i.e. “vintage bikes") of the 20th century from the collection of Karl Heinrich.
Over the past 30 years, the Austrian, who lives near Göppingen, has put together a collection of around 200 racing and sports bikes from the 20th century. So far they were only on display in his private museum, unvisible to the public. For our exhibition, Roland Wolbold (legendary swabian bicycle store owner of Radsport Wolbold in Stuttgart-Heumaden) and Karl Heinrich have selected 20 particularly beautiful bikes, which will be displayed hanging freely like pictures at Hartmann Projects from November 16.
The exhibits are each in their own way special examples of the creative power, the wealth of ideas and the love of technology of Italian racing bike manufacturers. The frames and bikes date from a time when bicycles were largely designed and built by hand, with great attention to detail. Like hardly any other sports and transportation device, these bicycles combine lightness and elegance paired with slight nostalgia.
The bikes presented proof that "less is more beautiful“ and not only „less is more“. Since the Bikes, mostly built using steel, stainless steel and aluminum, are almost indestructible when handled with care, they can also be interpreted as a particularly sustainable, ecological and healthy antithesis to the ever larger and heavier vehicles of the present.

On display will be wheels of the Italian brands
Alan, Atala, Basso, Benotto, Bottechhia, Bianchi, Cinelli, Chesini, Colnago, Derosa, Fiorelli, Frejus, Gios Torino, Legnano, Motta, Masi, Patelli, Pogliaghi, Tommasini

Opening Thursday, November 16, 6 p.m.
The collector and curator are present

Finissage Wednesday December 20, from 6 p.m.
For the finissage starting at 7 p.m. with Roland Wolbold and Karl Heinrich about collecting old racing bikes, design and technology, why for racing bikes less is often more beautiful..... Attention: Nerdy!
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Exhibition November 17–December 22, 2023
Opening hours Tue–Fr, 2–6 p.m., Sa Noon – 4 p.m.