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New School Art Center audio recordings of public programs ➔ Why Do We Collect?

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Alternate Title

Collectors and Collecting: Lecture 7 Collectors and Collecting: Lecture 7 ()

Related people/organizations

Werner Muensterberger (speaker)
New School Art Center (New York, N.Y.) (producer)

Date

March 23 1967

Date

March 23 1967

Description

Werner Muensterberger, psychoanalyst, art historian, and collector of African art, discusses the psychology of collecting. Some of the phenomena discussed include specialization and differentiation, primitivity and complexity, “trophy” acquisition, and completion. Muensterberger also discusses the history of collecting  he also includes within his purview coin collecting, “tulipomania,” and antiquing. He also discusses the “magico-religious” meaning of ancient cave paintings, the Venus de Milo, Maori designs, the Sistine Chapel, and Roman Catholic relics. (Muensterberger pays particular attention to the role of collecting within the Roman Catholic church.)

Muensterberger is equally interested in the interaction the collector has with the object, particularly as outlined in Aline Saarinen’s book, The Proud Possessors, wherein pride forms a large portion of the impulse to acquisition. He also discusses famous collectors throughout history, including Scipio, Marcus Fluvius Nobilior, Verres, Louis XIV, the Duc de Brienne, Cardinal Mazarin, and Baron Philipp von Stosch.

Language

English

Identifier

NS070202_NSAC_11

Citation

Why Do We Collect?. March 23 1967. New School Art Center audio recordings of public programs. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 22 Oct 2019.

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