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Wurtzburger, Alan

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role Collector
dates 1900-1963
city Baltimore
other citiesPikesville, MD;
gender M
historical notes Alan Wurtzburger was a real estate investor and art collector. Together with his wife, Janet (1908-1973), he collected Nineteenth-century and Contemporary sculpture, African, Oceanic, and Ancient American art.

Their Nineteenth-century and Contemporary sculpture collection included work by, among others, Max Bill, Henry Moore, Émile Antoine Bourdelle, Alexander Calder, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Jabov Epstein, Pablo Gargallo, Gaston Lachaise, Henri Laurens, Jacques Lipschitz, Giacomo Manzu, Gerhard Marcks, Marino Marini, Isamu Noguchi, Germaine Richier, François-Auguste-René Rodin, Fritz Wotruba, and Ossip Sadkine.

The Wurtzburgers gave their first gift to the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) in 1955 with 136 African Art objects. Over 423 African, Oceanic and pre-Columbian art objects from the Wurtzburger collection were given to the BMA.

In 1958 the BMA’s Wurtzburger Gallery of the Primitive Arts opened, followed by the Alan and Janet Wurtzburger Gallery for the Arts of Africa, the Americans and Oceania in 1982, and finally the Janet and Alan Wurtzburger Sculpture Garden in 1980.
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Baltimore Museum of Art Alan and Janet Wurtzburger Papers 1955-1969 see details...
Archives of American Art Oral history interview with Adelyn Dohme Breeskin, 1974 June 27. see details...
The Museum of Modern Art John B. Hightower papers, 1968-1972. see details...

see also:
Wurtzburger, Janet
Wurtzburger, Jon Alan