From the se­ries: Pho­to­g­ra­phers, Friend­ships, and the Unique Gru­ber Col­lec­tion

Re­nate Gru­ber re­mem­bers:
#01 Lu­cia Mo­ho­ly

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.