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Collection Online as of July 24, 2024

Amalia Coal Mine, Essen

Amalia Coal Mine, Essen

(Swiss, 1933–2014)
Image: 17.4 x 26.7 cm (6 7/8 x 10 1/2 in.); Paper: 27.8 x 35.3 cm (10 15/16 x 13 7/8 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

In 1961, the Amalia mine was part of Germany’s past prosperity and its postwar recovery.


In Amalia Coal Mine, Essen, Swiss photographer René Burri conveys the arduous, hazardous nature of this ancient profession. This mine, which began operation in 1850, became part of the Krupp Group in 1927, joining a conglomerate whose industries included armaments factories that supplied German armies in both World Wars. Just five years after Burri took this picture, the mine was closed.
  • 1961–64
    René Burri (the artist) [1933-2014], Zürich, Switzerland, given to Charles Harbutt [1935-2015], New York, NY
    Charles Harbutt [1935-2015], New York, NY, by descent to Joan Liftin, New York, NY
    Joan Liftin, New York, NY, given to The Cleveland Museum of Art
    September 13, 2021-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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