Oliver Botar fonds:

An Inventory of His Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Wendy Prystenski and Brian Hubner
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Finding aid encoded by V. Zvonik (2014)
Finding aid written in English.

Collection Summary

University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Oliver Botar

Oliver Botar fonds


0.87 m of textual records; 88 slides

Mss 411 (A13-35)


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Biography of Oliver Botar

Oliver Botar was born in Toronto of 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, in Hungarian, 2007), 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 has been a Resident Scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, a Fellow at the Institut für Literaturwissenschaft in Berlin, and a recipient of a Standard Research Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He is nonresident 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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Scope and Contents of the Collection

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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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into three series:

  • 1. Correspondence
  • 2. Winnipeg Galleries, A-Z
  • 3. Oversize

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Restrictions on Access

No restrictions on access.

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Restrictions on Use

No restrictions on use.

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Related Materials

Faye Settler fonds - Gallery 1.1.1. (Mss 212, A.05-46)

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Custodial History

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

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Detailed Description of the Collection

11 Eli Bornstein - Lecture, Art Donation, 2003-2005
2 Winnipeg International Airport Project - Graham, Bornstein's Art - Correspondence, Newspaper Clippings, 2004-2012

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Winnipeg Galleries A-Z [ 1963-2013 ]
21 Ace Art Inc.
2 Architecture Building (Arch 2 Gallery), University of Manitoba
3 Art City
4 Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba
5 Asper Centre
6 Buhler Gallery
7 Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain
8 Cinematheque
9 Craftspace Gallery
10 Fleet Gallery
11 Cream Gallery
12 Floating Gallery
13 Folk Art (Thomas Gallery) - Naive Art/Primitive

(includes 60 slides)

14 Gallery One One One - 1960's Shows
15 Gallery One One One - 1970's Shows
16 Gallery One One One - 1980's Shows
31 Gallery One One One - 1990's Shows
2 Gallery One One One - Richard Williams, 1996, 2005
3 Gallery One One One -2000's Shows
4 Gallery 803
5 Group Shows
6 La Maison des Artistes
7 Loch Gallery
8 Manitoba Art History Conference, 2002
9 Manitoba Museum
10 Martha Street Studio
11-12 MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women's Art)
13 Mayberry Gallery
14 Miscellaneous - Winnipeg Galleries
15 Othergallery
41 Outworks Gallery
2 Platform Gallery
3-6 Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art
7- 8 St. Norbert Arts Centre - Group Shows
9 School of Art - Miscellaneous
51 Semai Gallery
2 Ken Segal Gallery
3 Send + Receive: Festival of Sound
4 Site Gallery - Group Shows
5 University of Manitoba
6 University of Winnipeg
7 Upstairs Gallery
8-10 Video Pool
11 Video Pool Group Shows
12-13 Winnipeg Art Gallery
61-5 Winnipeg Art Gallery - Catalogues
71-2 Winnipeg Art Gallery - Catalogues
3 Winnipeg Art Gallery - Group Shows
4 Winnipeg Show
5 Various Winnipeg Galleries
6 Art Gallery of Hamilton - Industrial Images
81 Artbeat
2 TWA Terminal, Kennedy Airport, NYC - Marilyn Baker, School of Art, 1977

(28 slides)

3 Chesterfield Magazine (UMSU), 2013

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(located in the map cabinet, A13-35)

  • Michael Olito Exhibition Catalogue
  • 5 Posters
  • Illusion and Paradox - WAG Catalogue, 1986

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