Fonds MSS 411 - Oliver Botar fonds

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Oliver Botar fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 411

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  • 1963-2013 (Creation)
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    Botar, Oliver

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0.87 m of textual records; 88 slides

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(1957-)

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Oliver Botar was born in Toronto to Hungarian refugee parents and was raised in Northern Ontario. Botar specializes in early-20th century Central European Modernism, with a concentration on art in alternative media, and “Biocentrism” and Modernism in early- to mid-20th century art, particularly in the work of the Bauhausa László Moholy-Nagy. He spent two years studying and conducting research in various European countries, particularly Hungary and Germany. Botar has also studied in the field of Canadian Modernism. Botar has authored many art publications, has edited several special volumes of journals and has organized a number of exhibitions in Canada, the U.S. and Hungary. He has lectured extensively in Europe, North America and Japan. He is the author of Technical Detours: The Early Moholy-Nagy Reconsidered (2006; 2007 [Hungarian]), A Bauhausler in Canada: Andor Weininger in the 50s (2009), Biocentrism and Modernism (co-editor Isabel Wünsche, 2011), and "An Art at the Mercy of Light": Recent Work by Eli Bornstein (Winnipeg, 2013).

Botar is a two-time recipient of the Canada-Hungary Exchange Fellowship and a recipient of a Standard Research Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He has been a Resident Scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal and a Fellow at the Institut für Literaturwissenschaft in Berlin. He is non-resident Curator of Hungarian Art for The Salgo Trust for Education in New York. He is currently a professor of Art History at the University of Manitoba.

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Fonds was donated to the Archives by Oliver Botar in 2013.

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Fonds consists of Oliver Botar's correspondence re: Eli Bornstein's lecture; Graham and Bornstein's Art at the Winnipeg International Airport; and various Winnipeg art galleries catalogues and exhibitions.

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English

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Inventory prepared by Wendy Prystenski and Brian Hubner (2014)
Finding aid created by Vladimira Zvonik - March 2014
Revised by Brett Lougheed - April 2014

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