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The Vault: Robert Büchner

Feb. 4 – Mar. 1, 2020

The Vault

Robert Büchner, <i>Untitled (Woman with Hoe)</i>, Date unknown. Gift of Kathleen D. and Milton E. Muelder.

Robert Büchner, Untitled (Woman with Hoe), Date unknown. Gift of Kathleen D. and Milton E. Muelder.

This work was selected by Julia Sager (Graduate Student in the Arts and Cultural Management Department), who explains: “I really enjoy exploring different kinds of art. This painting caught my eye because of the beautiful colors, and upon looking into some of the details, I discovered the German origins of the work. I can so easily relate the painting to my experiences because my grandfather is from Germany, and I recently visited family there and saw various areas of the country. The colors in the landscape remind me of areas in which my family lives in Germany. The artist appears to be focusing on the hard-working woman, and I find it interesting that we can’t see her face. I would guess that it is due to not singling out one type of person. What I like the most about staring at this painting is the almost transportive power into whatever world one sees. Does Büchner’s painting remind you of a place, time period, or memory?”

The Vault

The Vault, which also houses some of the works from our permanent collection, is dedicated to featuring and displaying works chosen by MSU students who work at the museum. Each month, one of our student gallery guides selects a piece from our collection and writes a short text explaining why they chose it and believe it should be displayed. By providing our gallery guides with an opportunity to participate in the curatorial process of selection and display, we aim to open a dialogue with the student community while simultaneously sharing with the public works from the collection that would otherwise remain in storage.