A foremost patron of the arts in the reign of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Simon contributed extensively to the Berlin Museums and to major German excavations in Babylon, Egypt, and Central Asia Silk Road. The lecture examines the significance of such a unique philanthropist and his long-lasting impact on one of the leading cultural cities in the world.
About Programs at the Ancient Art Council
Programs are varied and include such activities as lectures by noted archaeologists, museum curators, and ancient art historians; exclusive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions; fund-raising events; and travel programs to ancient sites and other museums. Members also receive invitations from related organizations to attend lectures ad exhibition openings. Your annual membership dues and contributions will assist in furthering the Ancient Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums.
November 1, 2008, 10:00 PM - 4:00 PM
James Simon (1851–1932): A Unique Donor in Imperial Germany
Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor
Presented by Dr. Olaf Matthes, Keeper, Museum of Hamburg History, and Curator, Museum of Bergedorf and the Vierlande, Hamburg
Admission: Free to the public