The William L. Gross Collection in Our Library

Graphic Art Portfolios, Exhibition Catalogs, and Books on Jewish Artists

The American-Israeli art collector William L. Gross has been collecting Judaica and documents and literature on Jewish art and culture for almost fifty years. Objects from his collection can frequently be admired in exhibitions all over the world. Our museum acquired part of the library in 2002.

The approximately 400 books are comprised of secondary sources published in Germany before the Second World War on Jewish artists of the classical modernist movement and US, Israeli, and German exhibition catalogs published between 1950 and 2000.

Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Library

Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
(Opposite the Museum)

In addition, the collection contains approximately 160 brochures and leaflets on international exhibitions of Jewish artists.

References

  • Pinsky, Ruth, et al., eds., Gross Family Collection. Vol. 2: Manuscripts and Printed Books, Jerusalem: Center for Jewish Art, Hebrew University, 1985.
  • Gross, William L., “Collecting Judaica after 1945.” In: Weber, Annette et al., eds., Jüdische Sammler und ihr Beitrag zur Kultur der Moderne (Jewish Collectors and Their Contribution to Modern Culture). Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter GmbH, 2011, 341–352.
Our Reading Room is open to the public. You can also research using our library’s holdings and some of our collection’s holdings online. To view additional holdings, please contact the responsible curators.
The contact person for photo reproductions is Valeska Wolfgram (tel.: +49 (0)30 259 93 433, email: v.wolfgram@jmberlin.de). Due to preparations for our new permanent exhibition, our time is very limited. We therefore ask that you please refrain from sending loan requests for the time being. For urgent inquiries, please contact Katrin Strube (tel.: +49 (0)30 259 93 417, email: k.strube@jmberlin.de).
Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Library

Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
(Opposite the Museum)

Special Collections (5) On Jewish Art and Culture Show all

On Jewish Art and Culture

Some of our Library’s most important collections include the volumes printed by the Soncino Society of Friends of Jewish Books (founded in 1924), the publications of the Central Association of German Citizens of Jewish Faith, and special collections on Jewish art and visual culture.

The William L. Gross Collection

The 400-book collection includes Judaica, documents, and literature on Jewish art and culture.

The Ulrich von Kritter Collection

The collection comprises around sixty illustrated works of German-Jewish and Yiddish Literature (1920–1990).

The Kurt Löb Collection

The collection includes signed and unsigned works by the book illustrator, exhibition catalogs, essays by and about him, and his dissertation.

The Soncino Society Collection

With eighty Society publications from 1924 to 1937, our collection – a bequest from Hermann Meyer – is complete.

The John F. and Hertha Oppenheimer Collection

Publications of the Central Association of German Citizens of Jewish Faith, other writings from the interwar period, and books published in the US after 1945

Art/Fine Arts

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