December 14, 2001

Rare Collection of Goya Prints Given to USD

Works by Spanish Master on Exhibit Dec. 14 and 15 and Early Next Year

Carlsbad businessman Robert Hoehn and his wife, Karen, have given a set of rare prints by Francisco Goya to the University of San Diego.

The collection goes on display Dec. 14 and 15 in the university's new Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. It includes 80 original prints comprising Goya's Disasters of War, a series of etchings and engravings composed by the renowned Spanish artist during the Napoleonic occupation of Spain in the early 19th century.

Goya's "Con razon o sin ella"

The prints in Goya's series are among the most powerful images of war in Western art, offering lasting images of man's brutality and pleas for justice and humanity to prevail. The exhibition and gift from the Hoehns also includes the series of etchings comprising French artist Jacques Callot's Miseries of War, created in 1633.

"We are deeply indebted to Robert and Karen Hoehn for the extraordinary generosity of their gift," said USD President Alice B. Hayes. "Their vision for the university's collection of prints is as carefully crafted as it is ambitious."

The Hoehns are longtime patrons of the arts in San Diego and Mr. Hoehn, President of the Hoehn Co., is a member of the USD Board of Trustees. The couple already was thinking about assembling a collection of prints for USD when philanthropist Joan B. Kroc gave the university $25 million in 1998 for the Institute for Peace and Justice.

The gift shaped the theme of the collection, as the couple began assembling works to honor the Institute's mission to resolve conflicts without violence and promote human rights. The 90,000-square-foot institute was dedicated Dec. 5.

The exhibit will be open to the public Dec. 14 and 15 in the galleries of the Institute between noon and 5 p.m. There is no charge. The exhibit will be open again after the new year, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Jan. 3 to Feb. 7.

The works of Goya and Callot add to the modern works previously given by the Hoehns to USD --58 plates composing Georges Rouault's Miserere, together with works by Otto Dix, Kaethe Kollwitz and Harry Sternberg.

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