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Thomas Bayrle, Sun Yat-sen (Sign for Moon), 2005. Full credit below.

The Legacy of German Art and Culture in St. Louis

September 7, 2013
1-2:30p
Steinberg Auditorium

The Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM) and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum invite the public to this exploration of German art.

Saturday, September 7
Panel Discussion: The Legacy of German Art and Culture in St. Louis
1-2:30p, Steinberg Auditorium, Washington University in St. Louis

To this very day, the reception of modern and contemporary German art in the United States has been quite varied. On the one hand, cities such as St. Louis, Detroit, Boston, and Los Angeles have a strong private and institutional investment in German art, with origins traceable to both immigrant German populations and German expatriate art historians. On the other hand, on a national scale, public opinion of German art has been tainted by political animosities that date back to World War I and by distinctive aesthetic tastes. French modernism—elegant, beautiful, and often less overtly political—not only appealed to American collectors but also gained the respect of significant art historians such as Alfred H. Barr, Jr., and in the canonical narratives French rather than German artworks became the cornerstones of aesthetic modernism.

This panel, organized in conjunction with exhibitions of modern and contemporary German art at the Saint Louis Art Museum and at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, explores the history of exhibiting and collecting German art and culture in St. Louis. From the early influence of seminal figures such as the nineteenth-century beer magnate Adolphus Busch, to the elaborate presentation of German art and culture at the 1904 World's Fair and the impact of significant collectors such as Morton D. May on the institutional legacy of German art, to major acquisitions and exhibitions of postwar German art, panelists will discuss why German art and culture is so appealing to St. Louis.

This panel discussion is cosponsored by the St. Louis Eric M. Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany.

Speakers:

SABINE ECKMANN
William T. Kemper Director and Chief Curator
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
Washington University in St. Louis

SIMON KELLY
Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
Saint Louis Art Museum

PAUL MICHAEL LÜTZELER
Rosa May Distinguished University Professor in the Humanities
Director, Max Kade Center for Contemporary German Literature
Washington University in St. Louis

LYNETTE ROTH
Daimler-Benz Associate Curator
Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard Art Museums

TRICIA Y. PAIK
Associate Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art
Saint Louis Art Museum

Please join us for light refreshments in the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum atrium following the discussion.

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Image credit

Thomas Bayrle, Sun Yat-sen (Sign for Moon), 2005. Silkscreen on cardboard mounted on wooden grid, 48 7/16 x 36 9/16 x 1 13/16". Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. University purchase with funds from the David Woods Kemper Memorial Foundation, 2012. Artists Rights Society (ARS).