Munchen: Amerika Haus. Very Good. 1950. First Edition. Paperback. Catalogue of an exhibition of Primitive Art from Central and South America at the America Haus in Munich, edited by Stafan P. Munsing. Stefan P. Munsing [1915-1994] worked in New York City as a designer for Hans Knoll, Norman Bel Geddes and RCA. Munsing served in the Army in World War II, then as Chief of the Monuments, Fine-Arts & Archives Section in Munich. The MFAA was an Army unit locating stolen artworks which had disappeared into the huge Nazi hoards during the war. The Munich Central Collecting Point, of which Stefan Munsing became Director was located in former Nazi Party offices. While there were also Collecting Points in Marburg, Wiesbaden and Offenbach, the Munich Central Collecting Point saw a lion's share of important activity, including the processing of Hitler's collection found at Altaussee. The salt mines in this Austrian location eventually housed over 6.500 paintings, as well as many statues, furniture, weapons, coins, and libraries, including a portion of Adolf Hitler's so-called Führerbibliothek. The Altaussee treasures included Michelangelos Madonna of Bruges stolen from the Church of Our Lady in Bruges, and Jan van Eycks Ghent Altarpiece stolen from Saint Bavo Cathedral in Ghent; and Vermeers The Astronomer and The Art of Painting which were to be focal points of Hitlers Führermuseum in Linz. All these very narrowly escaped a Nazi-ordered explosion and were sent to Munich's Central Art Collecting Point for processing. [Readers of this listing may have new reasons to appreciate the activities of this important organization by the opportunity to see George Cluny's movie: "Monument Men" -- released early in 2014.] Munsing later joined the U.S. Department of State in the early 1950's, where he established the State Department's Amerika Haus programs in Munich and Berlin and organized exhibitions and cultural programs in Germany and Austria. In 1955, he was named cultural officer at the American Embassy in London, where he staged exhibitions of such New York artists as Philip Pavia, Paul Jenkins and Ben Shahn and became an important force in the London art world. Munsing returned to the U.S. in the 1960's and 70's where he helped establish the contemporary art collection of the National Museum of Fine Arts in Washington (now the National Museum of American Art) and headed the State Department's Art in Embassies program. In retirement from the State Department after 1976, Mr. Munsing was a consultant to the American Association of Museums. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. . (Inventory #: 40434)
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