• JAN 31 to MAY 05
    Museum Ludwig
    Solo Exhibition
    Man Ray. L. Fritz Gruber Archive. The outstanding archive of an extraordinary friendship


    • Solo Exhibition
    • Contemporary

    Dates and Opening hours

    JAN 31 to MAY 05, 2013

    Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Every first Thursday of the month 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed on Monday

    Event Location

    Museum Ludwig



    • Man Ray


    Since 1911, Man Ray (1890 - 1976) had been working in New York as a painter and sculptor. He is known as one of the first abstract painters in the USA, who tried to establish contact with the European Avantgarde early on. In 1915, he turned towards photography, worked as a filmmaker and painter, and was a co-founder of the New York Dadasection in 1917. In Paris, he joined the Surrealists, while also taking up commercial assignments for fashion- and portrait photography. At the outbreak of war, he moved back to the USA and didn't return to Paris until 1951.
    L Fritz Gruber got in contact with Man Ray in the 1950s, and he and his wife Renate kept up a cordial friendship with the artist until his death.

    This friendship resulted in a wide-ranging collection of materials relating to him, including works of art, documents (correspondence etc.), objects, and signed exhibition catalogues.
    The Museum Ludwig acquired the Man Ray collection of Renate and L. Fritz Gruber in September 2012, with financial support from the Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States and the Arts Foundation of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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