Collecting the Bauhaus: Walter Gropius and Harvard's Germanic Museum
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Tue, May 6, 2014
Venue: Otis House
141 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114Contact:
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Join Laura Muir, research curator for academic and public programs at the Harvard Art Museums, for a lecture on the Busch-Reisinger Museum's extensive holdings related to the Bauhaus, the progressive German school of art and design founded by architect Walter Gropius in 1919. Recognizing the significance of the school and the visionary work produced there, Harvard's Busch-Reisinger Museum began to assemble a collection in the 1940s. Aided by Gropius, then chairman of Harvard's Department of Architecture, the museum secured donations from Bauhaus masters and students, establishing one of the most important collections of Bauhaus objects and archival materials in America. Gropius donated his architectural archive as well as important examples of Bauhaus design, including works by Marianne Brandt, Wilhelm Wagenfeld, Josef Albers, and Oskar Schlemmer.