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Jan Ernst Adlmann

Jan Ernst Adlmann

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Santa Fe

Empfehlende Institution

freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL


August 2006 - August 2006

JAN ERNST ADLMANN, a resident of Santa Fe and a native of Maine, is an art museum director/curator who has long been active in the American Association of Museums, the International Council ofMuseums and the Association of Art Museum Directors. He has curated and organized many exhibitions dedicated to the entire gamut of art forms, from antiquities to contemporary art. In addition, Adlmann has  organized overseas exhibitions,as well as guest lectured for, the United States Information Agency/Arts America in both Europe and South America.

Author of the 1996 publication, Contemporary Art in New Mexico, Adlmann is a well-known and highly regarded art history lecturer in Santa Fe, and continually involved with New Mexico’s artists, museums, collectors and art publications. His most recent artist monographs, on artists Jesus Moroles and Richard Segalman, appeared in 2004. Adlmann is a regular contributor to Santa Fe art publications and newspapers, and a contributor to national art publications such as Art in America, Art News and Museum News.

In the 1980s and early 90s, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, under Director Thomas Krens,  Adlmann served as Assistant Director for External Affairs, handling special events, trustee and collector relations,educational programs, and domestic and overseas travel.

For some years,  Adlmann was the Guggenheim point person for the development of a  Salzburg Guggenheim Museum, designed by Hans Hollein;  the project was eventually superseded by the Guggenheim, Bilbao.  Adlmann also inaugurated at the Guggenheim the first  international  museum travel program, welcoming to New York European museum groups, a program called “Inside Modern Manhattan”.

Adlmann has been director at the Vassar College Art Gallery, the  Long BeachMuseum of Art, the Tampa  Art Center, and the Wichita Art Museum. In addition, he has taught at art history and museum administration at the College of Santa Fe, the University of Colorado, at Hamilton College and Vassar College

Adlmann  completed studies in Art History at Berkeley and New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, as well as at the Universities of Vienna and Berlin, with his interests focused on 19th and 20th century art.

In 1980, Adlmann conceived and organized America’s first large-scale exposition of “Vienna Moderne: 1898-1914” at the Smithsonian’s  Cooper-Hewitt Museum, an exhibition which traveled throughout the United States. In recognition of his efforts on behalf of Austro-American cultural exchange, Adlmann was awarded a Knight’s Cross honorarydecoration by the Federal Republic of Austria in 1982.

Adlmann has garnered  an enthusiastic following for his annual New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts lecture series; in addition,  he has spent much of the past decade traveling worldwide as a lecturer for such organizations as Classical Cruises, Lindblad/Special Expeditions, Gohagan and Coda Tours, lecturing on art and architecture for premier art museum membership groups, and members of  the Archives of American Art,  the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and various alumni associations.

In 2003 and 2005, Adlmann has had two solo exhibitions of his assemblage sculpture, at the LewAllen and Fred Kline Galleries, Santa Fe. For the biennial Santa Fe International Art Fair, Adlmann has served as curator on two occasions in recent years.


(Arrangements Abroad)   Central Europe
Po River Cruise,Florence/Venice 2001
(aboard River Cloud II  )  

National Trust Groups          
Istanbul, Black Sea, Asia Minor, Aegean

(Gohagan Company)       
(lecturing on Islamic,Byzantine,Greco-Roman)

French Waterways

(lectures on Impressionism and Modernism)

Waterways of Belgium & Holland

(lectures on Northern Renaissance art and
architecture,  Vermeer, et alia)

Sea Cloud

(lectures on Classical art/architecture, Greek isles, Sicily, Malta, et alia)    

Rhine,St.Moritz, Villa d’Este

(lectures on Gothic,Renaissance,Leonardo)

same                                                     Danube Cruises
(lectures on the Baroque, Vienna Secession)

Special Expeditions   
Inaugural Cruise Caledonian Star

Red Sea, Jordan, Egypt, Asia Minor,Greece,

Malta, Sicily, Western Mediterranean

(lectures on Egyptian, Byzantine, and Classical art)

Portugal, Spain and the Balearics

(lectures on Hispanic and Moorish art)

Travel Dynamics   
Modern Art Cruise, Mediterranean and

Venice Biennale Opening
(lectures on 20th century art/architecture) 

Guggenheim Museum             
Modern Art : Germany & Spain


A memorandum on my Stipendium summer at the Vienna MuseumsQuartier: Jan Ernst Adlmann

While my working period at the MQ21 was fairly brief, it did prove quite productive, though not in the area of my assemblage sculpture, but rather, in the area of my art writing.

The main reason that I did not produce much concrete sculptural work with the assistance of the very generous MQ grant was that my “studio” conditions were necessarily quite limiting.

In addition to the fact that the bulk of my time was spent in a single room with bath, as opposed to a studio space, it happened that Vienna experienced a very long and oppressive heat wave, which made working in the guest room quite difficult, excepting at night.

However, I was able to gather considerable “materiel” for future assemblage works while in Vienna, and it is very possible that, at some future date, I will have an exhibition of works made from these materials at a Vienna gallery. (This of course depends upon getting assistance with shipping of my works to/from Austria.) I will keep the MQ apprised of progress on this matter.

Meanwhile...I should say that my period at the MuseumsQuartier did give me an opportunity to do some various art writing; enclosed, with this report, is a copy of an article I wrote there for the American art journal, Art in America. (This article, on the New Mexico artist, Florence Pierce, appeared in the December issue, even though it was written in July in Wien.)

Additionally, while in Vienna, I visited the studio of the elderly Viennese photographer/painter, Elisabeth Haussmann and, thereafter, I wrote a short essay on her painting and her milieu which, I understand, is to appear accompanying an exhibition of her work in 2007.

The generosity of the MQ was extraordinary, and I am most grateful. Moreover, I found the experience of “living at the Quartier” truly fascinating; it was illuminating and fascinating to watch the expert and lively administration of such a complex, vibrant nexus of artistic creativity. I was lucky to be part of it all!

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