Glory of Germania: the Whole Story
Register for the DANK Haus's live, virtual presentation by Loyola professor Reinhard Andress, who will present stories and images about the Glory of Germania, a truly stunning piece of art.
Some 25 feet high, 30 feet wide, and consisting of over 1,000 tiles, the Glory of Germania is a very large porcelain wall painting created by the Royal Porcelain Factory in Berlin and sent by the German Empire to the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago, where it was seen by millions. In it, the goddess Germania reigns supreme as a manifestation of the German people and as a protector of the arts and sciences, aside from additional historical and mythical allusions that include two side panels.
- What is actually going on in this artwork?
- What are the historical and mythical allusions?
- How did the artwork end up in the Germania Club of Chicago after the exposition?
- Why did it disappear from view and was stored in an attic for over 30 years?
- How was it resurrected?
The presentation will attempt to answer these questions and will be complemented by rich photographic material and other illustrations.
Reinhard Andress is Professor of German and Director of German Studies at Loyola University Chicago. He has published widely on GDR literature, German film, German-speaking exile, and Alexander von Humboldt. His interest in the Glory of Germania stems from his own background as a German-American and is currently his most significant project.
In the days prior to the presentation, you will receive an email with your Zoom invitation code. You will want to download Zoom.us on your computer or phone before this.
The event will start promptly at 6:00 PM CST on Monday, May 4, 2020. You will be able to see other people on the call and even ask questions in real time.