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Oil on board rendering of the Roxy Theatre (New York City) by designers Rambusch Studios; Ben M. Hall Collection, Theatre Historical Society of America

THS’s Roxy Theatre Rendering To Be Loaned to Museum in Vienna, Austria

Oil on board rendering of the Roxy Theatre (New York City) by designers Rambusch Studios; Ben M. Hall Collection, Theatre Historical Society of America

One of the treasures of the Archives and Museum Collections is the oil painting of the Roxy Theatre (New York City) from the Ben M. Hall Collection.  This large oil on board painting  is a rendering by the Rambusch Decorating Company of their proposed concept for the Roxy Theatre (architect, Walter W. Ahlschlager of Chicago).  The Jewish Museum of Vienna has requested the loan of the painting for their upcoming exhibit “LARGER THAN LIFE: A Century of Hollywood.”  THS has agreed to the loan and the painting and it will be on display October 19, 2011 through April 15, 2012 at the Palais Eskeles located at Dorotheergasse 11, 1010, Vienna, Austria. 

However, prior to its loan, the painting has been sent to a professional paintings conservator for restoration.  Paintings need care to keep them looking their best for the longest possible time.   The natural aging of the painting and the buildup of dirt over the years needs the care of a trained paintings conservator.  The conservator will clean and make necessary repairs to the Roxy Theatre painting as well as some minor changes to the frame.  

For more information on the upcoming exhibit at the Jewish Museum of Vienna, go to http://www.jmw.at/larger-life (in English) or http://www.jmw.at/de/bigger-life.

2 Comments

  1. How exciting! THS is truly becoming a widely recognized expert in the field of historic documentation and preservation of history related to America’s great theater architecture. And as we see, that history extends into many facets of life beyond the obvious. Kudos to our HQ staff who are handling these arrangements.

  2. Howard B Haas

    Indeed, this news really is wonderfully exciting, and even more so that the painting will be restored before its trip overseas. Kudos to THSA!

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