Ambassador Emerson gave remarks at the opening of an exhibition of over 140 works by German-American artist Hans Richter at the Martin Gropius Bau for an audience of about 400 drawn primarily from Berlin’s cultural scene as well as Members of the Bundestag, Berlin Senate representatives, business people and friends of the Martin Gropius Bau. The exhibit was co-curated by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Centre Pompidou-Metz. Born in Berlin, Hans Richter was one of the most significant champions of modernism. Berlin, Paris, Munich, Zurich, Moscow and New York were the major stations of his life. He was a painter and draughtsman, a Dadaist and a Constructivist, a film-maker and a theoretician as well as a great teacher, and many of the most famous German and American artists of the first half of the twentieth century were among his friends.
Working together with elementary and high schools throughout Berlin and Brandenburg, the Martin-Gropius-Bau will carry out an educational program funded in part by the U.S. Embassy. The program consists of exhibit-related workshops and discussions that will reach thousands of students, many with a disadvantaged background, sharing information about the United States, its history, art and culture and the German-American relationship.