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Meadows Museum mourns the loss of curator Nicole Atzbach
Atzbach joined the museum as assistant curator in March 2010.

DALLAS, TX.- Meadows Museum Curator Nicole Atzbach died of ovarian cancer in Houston on Saturday, November 4, at the age of 42, just one day before the closing of her final exhibition Picasso/Rivera: Still Life and the Precedence of Form. Services were held one week later in her hometown of Arvada, Colorado.

A memorial service in celebration of her life will be held at the Museum on Saturday, December 9, at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations to a scholarship fund set up by them for her children may be sent to Geoff Atzbach, 3020 Hollycrest Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80920.

Atzbach achieved notoriety for her 2016 discovery of missing provenance for a pair of paintings in the Museum’s collection by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. The paintings had been identified as Nazi-era looted property in 2006. Although it was documented that they were recovered by the Allies and returned to the French government, it was still unclear whether they had been restituted to their pre-war owner, thought to be one of the scions of the Rothschild family. Atzbach spent many hours traveling the U.S. and Europe poring through archives to get to the bottom of the mystery, ultimately discovering the original owner (a little-known member of the Rothschild family named Baronne Antoinette Léonino) and confirming once and for all that the paintings were restituted to her after the war. (More details can be found here.) Algur Meadows legally acquired the paintings for the Meadows Museum’s collection in 1972.

Meadows Museum Director Mark A. Roglán stated, “Nicole brought intelligence, curiosity and insight to her position as curator at Meadows Museum. She was fascinated by the stories behind artists and their work, and sought creative ways to share their inspiration with museum patrons, enabling them to appreciate magnificent art in a new, enlightening way.”

Atzbach joined the museum as assistant curator in March 2010. Prior to that she was a curatorial assistant at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. She is a 1998 graduate of Brigham Young University’s Art History program, with a second major in German. As an undergraduate, Atzbach also studied art history and German language and literature for two semesters at Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. After graduating from BYU, Atzbach completed the master’s program in fine and decorative arts at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, with a thesis on Neapolitan 17th-century painter Antonio de Bellis.

Atzbach curated several Meadows Museum exhibitions during her tenure, including:

• Picasso/Rivera: Still Life and the Precedence of Form (August 6–November 5, 2017)

• Process and Innovation: Carlotta Corpron and Janet Turner (February 14–August 21, 2016)

• Between Paris and Texas: Marie Cronin, Portraitist of the Belle Époque (February 14–June 5, 2016)

• Góngora/Picasso: Graphic Poetry (September 16, 2012–January 13, 2013)

• The Many Lives of Mary Magdalene: A Selection of Images from Bridwell Library Special Collections (September 18, 2011–January 15, 2012)

• Esteban Vicente in America: Collage, Color and Somewhere In Between (May 15–July 31, 2011)

• Spanish Muse: A Contemporary Response (September 12–December 12, 2010)

A consummate art scholar, she made significant contributions to many installations, whether in the form of gallery labels, didactic materials, or catalogue essays. She was an excellent writer whose publications included:

• “A Tale of Two Sisters: On Murillo’s Saint Justa and Saint Rufina.” ARS Magazine 9.32 (October–December 2016): pp. 110–19 and 158–60.

• “A Split Vote, Two Enterprising Spirits, and the Church of the Open Door: Sad Inheritence! and is American Life.” In Sorolla in America: Friends and Patrons (Dallas, New York, and Madrid: Meadows Museum, SMU; Center for Spain in America/Centro de Estudios Europa Híspanica; Fundación Museo Sorolla; 2015), pp. 17–43.

• Esteban Vicente in America: Collage, Color, and Somewhere In Between (Dallas: Meadows Museum, SMU, 2011).

• Spanish Muse: A Contemporary Response (Dallas: Meadows Museum, SMU, 2010).

Atzbach is survived by her son, James, and her daughter, Eva, of Fort Worth, Texas; her parents, Ullrich Fritz and Cherianne Atzbach, of Arvada; brother and sister-in-law Geoffrey and Andrea Atzbach of Colorado Springs; and brother and sister-in-law Erik and Buji Atzbach of Lone Tree, Colorado.

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