Wilhelm von Bode and the American Danger: The Impact of Gilded Age American Collectors on Europe’s Artistic Patrimony

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At the turn of the century, American collecting ambitions presented a growing threat to the European art market, with their seemingly limitless wealth and developing interest in acquiring masterpieces, causing prices to skyrocket and the loss of whole collections to America. The danger of this competition to state-funded European art institutions, in opposition to the private philanthropy of successful businessmen in America, alarmed and inspired eminent German museum director and curator Wilhelm von Bode. 

Join Thomas W. Gaehtgens, Director of the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, for this talk examining the lessons Bode learned from this "American danger," and his application of American models of museum collecting, display, and social engagement to the administration of Prussian institutions. 

Presented by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Edith O'Donnell Institute of Art History at UT Dallas