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Munsing, Stefan P.  

Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA)


An interior designer prior to the war, Munsing served during World War II with the U.S. Army, 42nd Infantry Division in Europe, and earned two bronze stars and two purple hearts. He then joined the MFAA, and was named director of the Munich Collecting Point in 1947, as successor to Monuments Man H. Stuart Leonard. Later in 1947, he joined the State Department and was transferred across the Königsplatz in Munich from the Collecting Point to the newly established Amerika Haus. The Amerika Haus program sought to organize exhibitions and cultural events in Munich and Berlin.

In 1955, Munsing became the cultural officer for the American Embassy in London. In this position he was an important figure in London art circles, as he directed exhibitions of contemporary American artists. Munsing later was named head of the State Department’s Art in Embassies program, which continues to this day. In the 1960s and 70s, he assisted the National Museum of American Art in establishing their contemporary art collection. On two separate occasions, he served as the cultural affairs attaché for Denmark. Upon his retirement from the State Department in 1976, Munsing worked as a consultant to the American Association of Museums.
 

 


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