Founded in 1903, Harvard’s Busch-Reisinger Museum is the only museum in North America devoted to promoting the appreciation and understanding of the arts of Central and Northern Europe of all periods, with a special emphasis on the German-speaking countries. It has brought to a wider public artists and art movements that have had a major impact on the American scene, notably German expressionism and the Bauhaus. It has also served as a major research and teaching center. In celebrating such pioneering achievements, the editor has chosen to focus on the modern period, matching more or less the museum’s one hundred years, with major new acquisitions by such artists as Paula Modersohn-Becker, Emil Nolde, Sigmar Polke, and Günter Umberg.
Peter Nisbet is Daimler-Benz Curator, Joachim Homann is 2001–2003 Michalke Curatorial Intern, Lisa Lee is the Curatorial Assistant, Laura Muir is the Charles C. Cunningham Sr. Assistant Curator, and Adrian Sudhalter is the 2002–2004 Werner and Maren Otto Curatorial Intern in the Busch-Reisinger Museum.
Support for this publication has been provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Publication Fund.
Published in conjunction with the exhibition Before Expressionism: Art in Germany circa 1903. An Exhibition for the 100th Anniversary of the Busch-Reisinger Museum organized by the Harvard University Art Museums and held at the Busch-Reisinger Museum (October 24, 2003–February 15, 2004).