Selections from Ulrich Wüst's Nachlass Wiegmann Series Acquired by Busch-Reisinger Museum

October 24, 2017

Ulrich Wüst

Ulrich Wüst, Nachlass Wiegmann #23, 1990, archival pigment print, 41-3/4 x 28 inches (framed), 106 x 71 cm, edition of 5, with 2 AP

Ulrich Wüst

Ulrich Wüst, Nachlass Wiegmann #32, 1990, archival pigment print, 30 x 20-1/8 inches (framed), 76 x 51 cm, edition of 5, with 2 AP

Selections from the Nachlass Wiegmann series (1990) by Ulrich Wüst have been acquired by Busch-Reisinger Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In this series, Wüst photographs the left behind objects of those who abruptly fled East Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall, creating the objects’ historical portraits, and ultimately a portrait of their former owner, before they were disposed of and forgotten.


The Busch-Reisinger Museum is one of three distinct museums belonging to the Harvard Art Museums. It was founded in 1901 as the Germanic Museum. Unique among North American museums, the Busch-Reisinger is dedicated to the study of all modes and periods of art from central and northern Europe, with an emphasis on German-speaking countries.