Historic collection of rare books on German Expressionist art to be unveiled at University of Leicester

Posted by ap507 at Feb 23, 2016 10:00 AM |
The event will be marked with a guest lecture from Professor Sir Richard Evans of the University of Cambridge on 2 March

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 23 February 2016

• The University of Leicester will house the Whitford Collection – 1,000 volumes on German Expressionism

• The free lecture will take place on Wednesday 2 March, at 6pm, in the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre

Photograph of Sir Richard Evans available from: https://www.dropbox.com/s/o2fmy7j8v7lzlqr/Richard-Evans.jpgv3.jpg?dl=0

A unique collection of books on German Expressionism from the library of art historian and critic Dr Frank Whitford has been acquired by the University of Leicester.

Dr Frank Whitford was an authority on art of the period, and a senior member of Wolfson College, Cambridge.

The collection includes over 1,000 volumes on and by German and Austrian artists of the Expressionist and Bauhaus periods, including Beckmann, Dix, Grosz, Kandinsky, Klee, Klimt, Nolde and Schiele, and many original and rare exhibition catalogues from Berlin and Munich published between 1910 and 1940.

It also contains items of interest to historians of the interwar period, and includes a complete set of Karl Kraus’ Die Fackel magazine (1900-1936).

The collection will be officially unveiled on Wednesday 2 March by Sir Richard Evans, who will deliver an illustrated lecture entitled “Art and Architecture in Nazi Germany”.

Sir Richard is Regius Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Cambridge and President of Wolfson College, and knew Frank Whitford well.

Sir Richard said: "Frank Whitford was a leading specialist in twentieth-century German art, with many significant publications to his name. I am delighted that his collection of books on German and Austrian art has come to Leicester, where they will form a wonderful resource to complement the city's superb collection of German Expressionist paintings.”

Professor Phillip Lindley, Professor of Art History at the University, said: “The books form a research collection which perfectly complements the internationally important collection of Expressionist art in the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery. The collection will support both students and researchers, and enable further collaborative research.”

Sarah Levitt, Head of Arts & Museums at Leicester City Council, said: "We have been delighted to collaborate with the University of Leicester on this exciting acquisition, which will do so much to promote the study of German Expressionism and raise the profile of our collections."

The lecture is at 6pm in the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, University of Leicester, and free tickets are available to the general public.

The Whitford Collection is housed in the University Library, and a selection of books will be on display before and after the lecture.

For bookings, email: www.sirrichardevans.eventbrite.co.uk



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