Einladung zu einem Vortrag in englischer Sprache
Harry Kessler’s Life as an Emblem of Anglo-German Social
and Cultural Discourse, 1880 – 1914
Monday, 7th March 2016 at 7 pm
RüKONTOR (5. Etage), Rüttenscheider Str. 144, 45131 EssenHarry Graf Kessler was a highly mobile person. Born in Paris, educated in France, England and Germany, he moved and operated at the highest levels of each and every society he got to know. Financially independent from an early age, Kessler concentrated on those aspects of life that seemed to him most important: art, theatre, opera, fine books, but above all the establishment of relationships and exchange of ideas with notable Europeans of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
In his talk on Kessler, Mike Reynolds will examine his activities as a bridge-builder, as a conduit for new ideas. Was he foolish or visionary in bringing the art of Rodin and other modernists to the court at Weimar? Was he the ambassador to London that Germany never (but should have) had? Can we regard him as a true precursor of the modern European and what does his magnum opus – his Diary – reveal of his appreciation of the understanding between European nations at the time and in the future?
Mike is married, with three children and four grandchildren. He and his wife live in a
converted flax mill in Suffolk.
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