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The Museum of Plaster Casts: Intentions and Narratives

View of plaster cast installation with Great Elector, Rogers Hall interior, Germanic Museum, c. 1912. Busch-Reisinger Museum Records (BRM 5), folder 40.
Harvard Art Museums Archives, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, ARCH.0000.900.

Lecture Busch-Reisinger Museum Lecture

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

This lecture was recorded. Please view the lecture here.

From the 19th to the early 20th century, many American and European museums developed extensive collections of plaster casts. As a result of de-accessioning, however, many of these collections are less representative than they once were. In this talk, Frank Matthias Kammel, the deputy director general of the German National Museum in Nuremburg, will discuss the history of the Royal Museums in Berlin and the German National Museum, examining acquisition strategies, associated narratives, and the intentions behind museums’ representations of art and cultural history through plaster casts.

We invite guests to visit Adolphus Busch Hall before the lecture, which is open to the public from 1 to 5pm on Wednesdays. The hall is located at 29 Kirkland Street, within walking distance of the Harvard Art Museums.

Free admission

The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.

Complimentary parking available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.

The Busch-Reisinger Museum Lectures, sponsored by the German Friends of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, present important speakers on topics of central and northern European art.