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Albert Bloch: The American Blue Rider Exhibition Records

 Record Group
Identifier: RG-24-40

Scope and Contents Note

The Albert Bloch:The American Blue Rider Exhibition Records consist of general correspondence, financial documents and fundraising inquiries, contracts, loan agreements, an anthology of the artist, exhibition checklists, object files, lender files, photographs, exhibition labels, catalog correspondence, catalog drafts and galleys, and publicity reports. This collection chronicles the organization and showing of the exhibition and its multiple shows, as well as documents the creation of the exhibit’s catalog.


  • 1907-1998

Restrictions on Access

Selected folders and documents are restricted from external researchers. See notes at series levels.

Conditions Governing Use Note

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Biographical / Historical Note

In 1984, Albert Bloch’s widow, Anna Bloch, brought a large group of her late husband’s paintings to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She had found the works in the attic of their home, rescued from 40 years of neglect. These historical paintings were soon to be conserved, and they renewed interest in the important but often overlooked artist known as Albert Bloch.

Former Nelson-Atkins Curator of American Art, Henry Adams, conceptualized a potential retrospective for Albert Bloch in the late 1980s, but the idea did not come to fruition until a few years later, when it began to materialize under the guidance of Margaret C. Conrads, Curator of American Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in the 1990s. In the same time span, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus in Munich, Germany, had exhibited retrospectives for nearly every member of the influential German artist group, Der Blaue Reiter (the Blue Rider), but had not yet planned one for its sole American member, Albert Bloch. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Bloch’s dual role as an integral part in modern art history and his importance as a Midwestern artist and later, art educator, called for the need of a retrospective exhibition.

Initial planning for the exhibition started in the early 1990s, and correspondence between Conrads, Adams and Annegret Hoberg, curator at the Städtische Galerie, initiated the planning and research for the retrospective. Anna Bloch supplied a large body of information, archival materials, and knowledge on Bloch to support the exhibition.

Albert Bloch: The American Blue Rider, the catalog corresponding to the exhibition, comprises of Albert Bloch’s biographical and artistic chronology, full color plates of the objects exhibited, as well as essays contributed by Conrads, Adams, Hoberg and, another important researcher to the exhibit, David Cateforis, professor of Art History at the University of Kansas.

Albert Bloch: The American Blue Rider was exhibited at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art from January 26th to March 16th, at the Städtische Galerie Im Lenbachhaus from April 16th to June 29th, and then culminated at The Delaware Art Museum, from October 3rd to December 7th in 1997.

For more information, see exhibition catalog Albert Bloch: The American Blue Rider, edited by Henry Adams, Margaret C. Conrads, and Annegret Hoberg. (Sketch largely excerpted from that publication.)


3.4 Linear Feet (In 3 record center cartons, 1 legal document case, and 1 folder.)

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Abstract Note

This collection contains the records of the Albert Bloch: The American Blue Rider exhibition, held at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, with a travelling show at the Städtische Galerie Im Lenbachhaus, in Munich, Germany and the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, through the entirety of 1997. The records primarily consist of correspondence, curatorial files, object and lender files, financial documents, grant proposals, publicity publications, information on corresponding events, background research, and catalog drafts and galleys for the exhibit catalog of the same name, Albert Bloch: The American Blue Rider.


Albert Bloch: The American Blue Rider Exhibition Records, 1907-1998, are divided into seven series: Exhibition Planning Files, Curatorial Files, Catalog Files, Design and Installation Files, Publicity Files, Event Files, and Travelling Show Files.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Transfer; accession numbers associated with this collection are 1998-06 and 2003-04.

Accruals Note

Additions to the collection are not anticipated.

Related Materials Note

Ellen Goheen Files (RG 95), 1971-1998, Series IV: Administrator of Collections Management and Special Exhibitions.

See also (in the Spencer Art Reference Library): “Albert Bloch: Artist File.” Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

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Part of the The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Archives Repository

4525 Oak St.
Kansas City MO 64111 United States