Table of Contents

Preface, Clemens Greve, Frankfurter Bürgerstiftung 
Greeting Words, Günter Högner, Verein zur Förderung der Bildenden Kunst Wiesbaden e.V.; Eva Claudia Scholtz, Hessische Kulturstiftung 
Preface and Acknowledgements, Marian Stein-Steinfeld 

From a personal perspective, Marian Stein-Steinfeld
I. Growing up between Tradition and Modernity
1. Families of origin: The maternal family – The paternal relatives
2. The parental home: Family life and social connections – Cultivated cosmopolitanism
3. Childhood and youth: Personal memories – Private lessons by home teachers – Artistic stimulation and encounters – Classically educated and multi-talented – Overqualified as a wife – The siblings
4. The discovery of her niche in art: First artistic instructions by
O. W. Roederstein – Private student with Ida Kerkovius – Painting and visualizing

II. Search for own Ways
1. Artistic shock and human enrichment
2. Development of her own political attitude: Other life models – Elections lead to decisions
3. Meeting and correspondence with Paul Bekker: Emil Bizer’s studio as retreat – Frankfurt music and theater scene – Paul Bekker’s career – Description of nature – Mutual inspiration
4. Marriage against parental objection – Period of involuntary separation -Unconventional marriage
5. Common time in Hofheim: Wife and mother – Hosts and guests at Hofheim – The Blue House
6. ‘Mrs. Intendant’ in Kassel: Artistic encounters – Paul Bekker in Kassel – Family life
7. Refusal of the role as ‘decorum’: – On her own paths

III. First Works and Contacts of the Collector
1. Beginning of the collection and artists
2. Contacts with art dealers, collectors: Kunstsalon Schames – Art friends in the Rhine-Main area – Encounters in Berlin – Art friends in Hamburg – Art historians, collectors and art dealers
3. Ida Kerkovius 
4. Alexej von Jawlensky 
5. Paul Klee 
6. Karl Schmidt-Rottluff 

IV. Travelling and Refuge in Hofheim
1. Study tours
2. Endangerment of the children
3. Refuge in Greece: Last meeting with Paul Bekker – From her “Travel report Greece”
4. View on her family situation: Worries of the single mother – The parents vom Rath – The role of Olga Panse
5. Refuge in the Blue House: Ottilie W. Roederstein – Else and Ludwig Meidner – Emy Roeder – Ernst Wilhelm Nay – Rosa Schapire – Jewish friends in exile and in Germany
6. Travels: Yugoslavia – Latvia

V. Promotion, Mediation and Clandestine Exhibitions
1. Continuation of private promotion and mediation
2. Decision for exhibition activities
3. Studio apartment Berlin, Regensburger Straße 34
4. Exhibitions and guestbook 1940-1943: Secret exhibitions 1940/41 – Secret exhibitions 1941/42 – Secret exhibitions 1942/43
5. Memories of contemporary witnesses

VI The Blue House after the War
1. Refugees and occupiers: Hosting refugees and displaced persons – American occupation of the house – temporary move to the Roederstein studio
2. Ernst Wilhelm Nay in Hofheim
3. Return to the easel: Exchange with artists – Participation in exhibitions in Constance and Dresden
4. Artists and visitors in the Blue House: Erich Heckel – Karl Schmidt-Rottluff – Willi Baumeister – Virginia Fontaine – Young guests
5. Hofheim’s cultural life: Artists in Hofheim – Cultural activities in Hofheim
6. First press reports about the Blue House

VII Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath
1. Travel and Mobility: Trip to Berlin 1946 – Trips with Ginny Fontaine – Automobile Again
2. First location at Kaiserstraße 5: Fulfillment of formal requirements – Opening – Publications and their echo – The early exhibition program – Käthe Kollwitz exhibition – Memorial exhibitions – Schmidt-Rottluff exhibitions – Ida Kerkovius exhibitions – Artists’ assistance and promotion of young artists
3. Second location at Börsenstrasse 2: The gallery program at Börsenplatz – Exhibitions of exiled artists – Group exhibitions – Artists of the younger generation – Publications – Visitors
4. Advancement of the Kunstkabinett: ‘International Gallery for Art of the XXth Century’ – Staff – Generation Transition

VIII. Ambassador of the Arts
1. Establishing international contacts
2. Exhibition trip to Brazil 1952: Personal travel experiences – Explorations in Uruguay and Argentina – The exhibition ‘German Graphic’ – Return trip via the USA
3. Stations of the world trip 1955-56: New York – Exhibition in Havana, Cuba – Exhibition in Sao Paulo – Exhibition in Santiago, Chile – Exhibition in Lima, Peru – From South America to West Africa – Exhibitions in South Africa – Exhibitions in India – Final exhibitions in Brazil and return

IX. Collector and Art Dealer
1. Establishment and growth of the collection: – Inventory of Godo Remszhardt – Collection enhancements
2. Hanna Bekker vom Rath as a lender
3. Art dealing on journeys: Exhibition journey to Egypt and stay in Israel – Contacts in European countries – Exhibition tours to Greece and Lebanon – the USA and other long-distance journeys

X. Recognition and Legacy
1. Official awards
2. Hanna Bekker vom Rath in the media
3. Conclusion of activities
4. The circle of life closes
5. Legacy

1. Collection Hanna Bekker vom Rath: List of artists – Works in public collections – Exhibitions with loans
2. Bibliography – Essays, press articles
3. Name index – List of names Guestbook Berlin
4. Short biography Hanna Bekker vom Rath
– Image credits – Imprint