Franz Bader Gallery scrapbooks and guestbooks, 1955-1985

Franz Bader Gallery, est. 1953 - 1995
Art gallery
Washington, D.C.

Collection size: 21 v.

Collection Summary: Fourteen scrapbooks, six guestbooks, and one guestbook/scrapbook concerning the Franz Bader Gallery and Bader's bookshop in Washington, D.C.

Scrapbooks contain exhibition announcements, clippings of reviews, articles about artists in Washington, D.C., the Baders, the bookstore, and gallery, and several photographs. Included in the photographs are several of the bookstore and gallery's 2001 Eye St. location, 1979-1985, one of Bader with others, 15 from the opening of the exhibition on Turkish ceramicist Fureya, 1957, one of Marcel Marceau and Patrick Hayes taken at the Marceau opening and book signing, 1970; and one related to "Washington Area Artists and Salzburger Truppe" exhibition. Guestbooks contain exhibition announcements and signatures of patrons who attended.

Among the artists represented in the scrapbooks and guestbooks are Alice Acheson, Anita Bucherer, Frank Bunts, Bernice Cross, H. Irving Gates, Guenther Gumpert, Jacob Kainen, Pietro Lazzari, John Chapman Lewis, Herman Maril, Leonard Maurer, Peter Milton, Michael Platt, Marilee Shapiro, Prentiss Taylor, Alma Thomas, and others.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art gallery and bookshop; Washington, D.C. Bader died in 1994. Operated by Franz Bader under various names, including Franz Bader Gallery, Franz Bader Inc., and Franz Bader Gallery and Bookshop. Bader came to the U.S. in 1939 and managed Whyte's bookshop, where he introduced an art gallery featuring local artists. In 1953 he established his own gallery at 1705 G St. N.W., continuing to show local and young artists, as well as contemporary prints. The gallery moved in Sept. 1964 to 2124 Pennsylvania Ave. and in Oct. 1979 to 2001 Eye St., where he remained until his retirement in 1985. (The gallery continued, moving to 1701 Pennsylvania Ave. ca. 1987, and in 1990 to 1500 K St. until its final show in 1995).

Donated 1995 by Virginia F. Bader, Franz Bader's wife.

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