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Art Talk Live: Corinne Wasmuht and German Painting

A multicolored fragmented painting portraying people walking on a city street.
Corinne Wasmuht, German, 50 U Heinrich-Heine-Str., 2009. Oil on wood. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Ann and Graham Gund in honor of Martha Tedeschi, 2016.387. © Corinne Wasmuht.

Gallery Talk


Corinne Wasmuht’s large-scale painting 50 U Heinrich-Heine Str. (2009) depicts a busy intersection of building facades, vehicles, pedestrians, vegetation, sidewalks, and shop windows. A meditation on the bustling German capital in the digital age, the painting belongs, as the artist has expressed, to “our collective global everyday life.” The work prompts key questions about national identity and painting’s role within it.

Led by:
Lynette Roth, Daimler Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art

This talk is part of a series inspired by ReFrame, a museum-wide initiative to reimagine the function, role, and future of the university art museum. These talks examine difficult histories, foreground untold stories, and experiment with new approaches to the collections of the Harvard Art Museums, reflecting the concerns of our world today.

This talk will take place online via Zoom. The event is free and open to all, but registration is required. To register, please complete this online form.

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Art Talks Live are presented via Zoom every other Tuesday at 12:30pm (ET) and offer an up-close look at works from our collections with our team of curators, conservators, fellows, and graduate students.

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