Learning from Bode
February 1, 2012
Julien Chapuis, Deputy Director of the Sculpture Collection and Museum of Byzantine Art, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Wilhelm von Bode (1845–1929) is mostly remembered as the influential director of the Berlin museums (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin) who recognized quality in works of art and systematically expanded the collections under his care. More than a connoisseur, Bode saw himself also as a cultural historian, and, when planning installations, felt it his duty to consider the context in which works were created. This lecture will examine Bode’s mode of presentation, his legacy in Germany and the United States (including the foundation of the Busch-Reisinger Museum), and his relevance for modern museums.
Free admission. Limited complimentary parking at Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street.
The Busch-Reisinger Museum Lectures, sponsored by the German Friends of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, present important speakers on topics of central and northern European art.