Photography, Dance, and Difficult Decisions

In modern dance, the American Martha Graham (1894-1991) comes to mind as the leader. But in Germany, the iconic name in contemporary dance was Mary Wigman (1886-1983), who studied under the Swiss teacher, Rudolf Laban. In 1919 she performed her first Expressionist Dance and in 1920 opened her dance school. Graham was introduced to the…

A Look into a 1947 Fasching Party (Happy Mardi Gras!)

Happy Mardi Gras! Recently the archive received a request for information and images of Ernst Wilhelm Nay (1902-1968), a German painter, that ended in uncovering an image of a Fasching Party (Mardi Gras) from 1947. Surprisingly we didn’t have much on Nay when information was requested on him. Surprising, because he was so often at…

A Request for Information on Ewald Mataré

Ever wonder what types of materials are requested from the Fontaine Archive and where they may be used? This week we received a request for images of artist Ewald Mataré (1887-1965) from the director of the Germany’s Museum Kurhaus Kleve, which owns the representative collection of Mataré works. Continue reading to learn more about Mataré’s…

Deciphering Guestbook Signatures

Deciphering the signatures in the Fontaine guestbooks held in the Fontaine Archive collection is a fun game. Who were these people? Were they important? Or notorious? Are they still alive or are their heirs? Maybe they would like to know where and what their parents were doing in the 1950s in Germany? Fortunately we can…