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In recognition of a multitalented European artist – exhibitions Henry van de Velde in Germany
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Hans Brühl
Tue Jun 11 2013, 01:46PM
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Some European places, in Germany above all Thuringia and Saxony,  celebrate the 150th birthday of the Belgian Henry van de Velde (1863 – 1957). From 9th June 2012 for 3 months are shown in the Chemnitz King Albert Museum on the Theatre Square /1/ many exhibits of his posthumous works, together with pictures and paintings of the Norwegian Edward Munch (1863 – 1944). This constellation Van de Velde – Munch – Chemnitz has the reason in the activity of the Chemnitz manufacturer dynasty Esche. Herbert Esche (1874 – 1962) together with his brother Fritz Eugen was on begin of the 20th century owner of  a very successful fabrication of  stockings in Chemnitz. Esche ordered Van de Velde to produce and arrange décor and furniture of their residence. The Villa Esche named and as dependance of the Museum /1/ existing building is since 2001 the Chemnitz Henry van de Velde Museum. – Munch´s part are painings of the Esche family, the exhibition shows one painting where probably is seen Henry van de Velde.    Walter Moens, representative of the Flemish government, took part at the opening of the exhibition. He  pointed out that Van de Velde was a pioneer of a teamwork knowing no bounds what is a model on the situation in Europe today.   /1/ Ingeborg Morgner: “Chemnitz – is it a city of industry or city of art? Or both?” Report in      internet platform “MTN” of 6th February 2012
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