From the series: Photographers, Friendships, and the Unique Gruber Collection
In 1977 the L. Fritz and Renate Gruber Collection laid the foundation for the photography collection at the Museum Ludwig. Icons of photographic history from Man Ray, Cecil Beaton, or August Sander offer a panorama of twentieth-century photography. Yet the Gruber Collection is not only unique due to the photographs themselves, but also in light of its genesis. The collection took shape as a result of the collectors’ longtime friendships with the photographers. On the occasion of her eightieth birthday in July 2016, Renate Gruber shares her very personal memories of twenty photographers who are now among the most famous of the twentieth century in our series “Photographers, Friendships, and the Unique Gruber Collection.”
Lucia Moholy (b. 18 January 1894 in Prague, † 17 May 1989 in Zurich) began working with photography in 1918/19, when she was a guest at the artists' colony Worpswede. During the 1920s, she worked at the Bauhaus in Dessau together with her husband László Moholy-Nagy. After Hitler's seizure to power, she emigrated to London via Paris and worked as a photographer and professor for photography. In 1959, she moved to Switzerland, where she edited biographical collections and was a freelance editor for art magazines.