Dark Poem Painting
Vivienne Koorland

This is my painting of the untitled poem by Austrian writer Friederike Mayrocker, from her cycle Tod durch Musen (Death by the Muses), 1966. The cycle's form "stands as a meta-poetic commentary on the creative process, which is conceived as one of devastation."

I love this poem and my painting of it, not only because a close and gifted friend translated the poem so beautifully from the German and brought it to the English-speaking world, but also because both my painting and the poem reference my favorite subjects: dream, whimsy, language, narrative, absence/presence, trace, memory, imprint. The present moment, but it is infused with the trajectory of time. And of course, longing and the violence of loss.
-Vivienne Koorland


About the collection

Gerald Schwartz believes the presence of provocative art promotes creative thinking, remembering that "artistic presence was the only thing missing at HBS when I went there. I wanted to change that." In 1995, Gerry Schwartz and a team from HBS together began purchasing contemporary art for the HBS buildings most frequented by students. Inspired by the growing collection, a small group of MBA students founded the HBS Art Appreciation Society in 2001. It quickly grew into one of the largest student clubs on campus, sponsoring events in Boston area galleries and museums, as well as an annual weekend in Manhattan to meet artists, tour exhibitions, and attend theater. The club's co-presidents accompany Mr. Schwartz on his annual buying trip to purchase additional art for the School's collection.

About Gerald Schwartz, MBA '70

Gerald Schwartz, MBA ’70, is the Founder and CEO of Onex Corporation. He has been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada and inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. Gerry Schwartz is Vice Chairman and member of the Executive Committee of Mount Sinai Hospital, a director of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, a trustee of The Simon Wiesenthal Center and Chairman of its Canadian Friends, and a governor of Junior Achievement of Metro Toronto. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba, a Masters in Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, and several Doctor of Laws (Hon.) degrees. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Heather Reisman, founder and CEO of Indigo Books and Music.