Untitled Steps from Siberia Series
Anna Shteynshleyger

Anna Shteynshleyger's large-scale photographs present views of the sublime landscape of Siberia. Shteynshleyger traveled to her native Russia specifically to photograph the former location of the Gulags, the notorious labor camps of the former Soviet Union, where numerous people were imprisoned. Shteynshleyger is interested in the paradoxical relationship between the beautiful, wide-open natural spaces and their history as sites of containment and oppression. —Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Anna Shteynshleyger's photographs of Siberia examine the sites of Russian labor camps under the former Communist regime. Specifically, the images in her Siberia series are the culmination of three different trips to different regions of Russia: Kolyma, Perm, and Moscow and its surroundings.

The juxtaposition of these visually stunning landscapes with their history of containment and oppression draws an interesting paradox about the character of modern Russia. Issues of place and history are further complicated by the way Shteynshleyger's landscapes reference those of 19th century Russian painter Isaak Levitan. She also counts among her influences the work of 16th century Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder (Hunters on the Snow in particular) and 20th century Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky.—Kendra Greene, Museum of Contemporary Photography


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.