EXHIBITION: MAN RAY - L. FRITZ GRUBER ARCHIVE
at Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Since 1911, Man Ray had been working in New York as a painter and sculptor. He is known as one of the first abstract painters in the USA, who tried to establish contact with the European Avantgarde early on.
In 1915, he turned towards photography, worked as a filmmaker and painter, and was a co-founder of the New York Dada section in 1917. In Paris, he joined the Surrealists, while also taking up commercial assignments for fashion- and portrait photography.
At the outbreak of war, he moved back to the USA and didn’t return to Paris until 1951. L Fritz Gruber got in contact with Man Ray in the 1950s, and he and his wife Renate kept up a cordial friendship with the artist until his death.
This friendship resulted in a wide-ranging collection of materials relating to him, including works of art, documents (correspondence etc.), objects, and signed exhibition catalogues. The Museum Ludwig acquired the Man Ray collection in September 2012. (+)
Jan. 31 - May 5, 2013
#1: © Charles Fraser, 1960, Man Ray with Photokina-Eye, Photokina
#2: © Man Ray, ca. 1928, Gräfin Luisa Casati
#3: © Man Ray, ca. 1931, Study in two tones - to give masque effect‚ Value 14/20’
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