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1904 Remscheid - 1968 Frankfurt a.M.
«Das Urteil des Paris (judgement of Paris)».
Oil on canvas. Signed lower right.
After his dismissal as head of set design at the Preußische Stadttheater in Berlin by the National Socialists in 1933, Teo Otto emigrated to Switzerland and became the scene builder of the Zurich Schauspielhaus. As the first «flying» stage designer in the world he worked in New York, London, Paris, Tokyo and regularly at the festivals in Salzburg and Edinburgh. He was also a professor of not only stage design but also painting at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.
In 1968, a large exhibition «Teo Otto der Maler (Teo Otto the Painter)» took place in Frankfurt a.M., on the occasion of which the artist gifted the present work to Harry Buckwitz (1904 - 1987), who at that time was the general director of the Städtische Bühnen Frankfurt a.M. and a friend and colleague of Teo Otto. Buckwitz became director of the Schauspielhaus Zurich in 1970 and after his retirement in 1977 he left «Das Urteil des Paris (judgement of Paris)» to this institution. He felt that such an important work by Teo Otto belonged here, where he had been head of set design during the war years and immediately afterwards supervised world premieres of Bertolt Brecht (1898 - 1956) in the 1940s.
Provenance: gift of the artist to Harry Buckwitz (1904 - 1987), general director of the Städtische Bühnen Frankfurt a.M., in 1968; passage of ownership to the Schauspielhaus Zürich, after 1977; bequeathed as a farewell gift to the former artistic director Gerd Heinz of the Schauspielhaus Zürich, in 1990.