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Gifts to the Art Museum from the Collections of Lady Radzinowicz and William J. Henrich
A selection of recently donated twentieth-century prints, drawing and sculptures from the collections of Lady Isolde Radzinowicz and William Henrich are on view from June 9 – August 15, 2008 at the La Salle University Art Museum.
Lady Radzinowicz amassed the works on exhibition between 1945 and the 1970s with her first husband, Adolf D. Klarmann, long-time distinguished Head of the German department at the University of Pennsylvania. Each year the couple went to Europe, purchasing art—primarily in Italy, Austria and Germany—from young artists whose works they could afford on Professor Klarmann’s academic salary. Over the years Adolf and Isolde collected a significant and eclectic range of works. The couple cultivated personal friendships with many of the artists, from whom the Klarmanns frequently purchased multiple works and with whom they maintained a warm correspondence.
There are several prints by the Austrian artist Karl Korab, who specializes in small landscapes and still lives, and whose work is influenced by the European art movement Tachism and the Old Masters, as well as by Wolfgang Hutter, who is a founding member of the Austrian school of Fantastic Realists. Adolf and Isolde Klarmann’s wide-ranging interests and tastes are reflected in the sculptures they collected, including works by Luigi Gheno (Italian), HaruhikoYasuda (Japanese), and Slavko Tihec (Slovenian). Perhaps one of the most striking works in the show is by Spanish artist Francisco Peinado, who lived for a long time in Brazil, and whose work evinces not only the influence of European Modernism and identifiably Andalusian references, but also Afro-Brazilian elements drawn from the formative years the artist spent in Brazil. There are also magical works by Italian artist Gaetano Pompa, whose work is in dialog with Italy’s past, and a semi-abstract Head by Jürgen Messensee. The best known artist in the show is Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka, but for the most part this rare and personal collection offers a wonderful opportunity to view work that is not otherwise widely known and appreciated in the United States.
The La Salle University Art Museum is located on the lower level of Olney Hall on the campus of La Salle University at 19th St. and Olney Ave. Summer hours are 10 AM to 4 PM Monday through Thursday and 10 AM to 3 PM on Fridays. Admission is free, though donations are accepted. Classes and group visits by appointment. Special tours can be arranged. For further information call 215-951-1221 or visit our website at http://www.lasalle.edu/museum/.