Thursday, March 15, 2001

Dayton campus is sole U.S. host for religious art show

The Associated Press

        DAYTON, Ohio — A private collection of religious prints by artists including Marc Chagall and Edouard Manet is making its only U.S. appearance in an unlikely place — libraries and a classroom building at the University of Dayton, a private, Roman Catholic school known more for its engineering and education programs.

        “What we're doing here is to show people first-rate art in facilities not originally dedicated or oriented to something like this,” said the Rev. Johann Roten, director of the school's Marian Library-International Marian Research Institute. “It's an opportunity for us to say, "See, we can do it.'”

        The 75 pieces of Expressionist art are from the private collection of Ulrich Scheufelen, owner of the Scheufelen Paper Co. of Lenningen, Germany. The collection has been exhibited in Europe, but has never before been to the United States.

        Mr. Scheufelen agreed to lend the exhibit to the school at the request of a university supporter who befriended him when he spent a year at the Dayton-based Mead Corp. preparing for a career in his family business.

        Nineteen European Expressionists created the art in the exhibit, which features themes from the Old and New Testaments. The collection includes prints in woodcut, lithography, India ink, charcoal, etching and chalk.

        Father Roten said many of the artworks are also historical documents because they depict Germany during World Wars I and II and how the artists saw Christ during wartime.

        The exhibit, called “From Barlach to Baselitz: Religious Print Art of the 20th Century,” is on display in the Roesch and Marian library and Joseph E. Keller Hall.


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