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Lecture: An Evening with Herbert Molderings

October 18, 2016
Price Auditorium
Free; use the Michigan Avenue entrance

Art historian and collector Herbert Molderings discusses his remarkable collection of modernist photography, a selection of which was just acquired by the Art Institute.

About the Molderings Collection
The Art Institute of Chicago recently acquired 74 modernist photographs collected from rare sources over the years by Herbert Molderings, a retired German historian of modern art and photography, and his wife Barbara, a paintings conservator. These exquisite prints range in date from 1906 to 1952. The holdings include an outstanding self portrait by Marcel Duchamp, 18 works by maters photojournalist Umbo (Otto Umbehr), key works by Albert Renger-Patzsch and El Lissitzky, a stunning cityscape by August Sander, chronophotographs by Georges Demenÿ that could have been the inspiration for Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase (1912), and singular documentation of the 1938 Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme. This acquisition bolsters the museum’s modernist holdings in photography, adding great strengths in Russian and German works, surrealism, and modernist press photography.

Seating is limited and first come, first served.

Presented by the Photography Associates

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Umbo (Otto Umbehr).  Ruth, The Hand (Die Hand), 1926/27. Promised gift of Helen and Sam Zell in honor of Herbert and Barbara Molderings.