HERMANN STRUCK MUSEUM, Haifa
Nissim Tal, Director General, Haifa Museums
Svetlana Reingold, Curator
Hermann Struck moved from Germany to Haifa in 1922 and settled in a three-story home that looks out from the Carmel slopes over the Haifa Bay. It was there that Struck recreated his Berlin studio, gathering round him a group of students specializing in various print techniques.
Hermann Struck (1876-1944) is considered to be one of the most important print artists of Germany and Eretz Israel in the first half of the 20th century. For more than 40 years of his career as a successful and respected artist he created innumerable works on paper, generally in two specific genres – portraits and landscapes. In his series of famous portraits, Struck depicted the great scientists and thinkers of his time, including his best-known work – a portrait of Theodor Herzl.
Struck’s fine home, in which the museum is now housed, was refurbished and repaired in 2013 in a manner that preserved its original character. This impressive house, in which the artist received public dignitaries and artists, is a combination of oriental and European elements – arched oriental windows, and painted floors that were carefully restored during the renovations.
The intention of the Museum is to illuminate all aspects of Struck’s artistic, cultural and social life. His furniture and carpets, personal items and books are shown, as well as his oil paintings from the collection of Nathan Bernstein and the collection of the Haifa Museum of Art. An upper floor contains a creativity center for children, and workshops for printing and etching, sculpture and painting. Changing exhibitions present the many-faceted works of Struck himself, as well as various aspects of art history, focusing on the art of the print which he developed and to which he dedicated his life.