The Warburg Ensemble, a series of nine town houses from the 19th century and home of THE NEW INSTITUTE, tells a particularly complex story – one of aspiration and growth, one of a city ready to expand into its surrounding areas, and one of flourishing Jewish bourgeois life, tragically torn apart half a century later in fascist Germany.
It is a story that builds the bridge from a romantic revolutionary to a banker and politician. The address used to be Klopstockstraße, named after Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, a poet and pietist’s son who died in Hamburg in 1803. Today, the street refers to Max Moritz Warburg, who was born in Hamburg in 1867 and had to emigrate to the US in 1938 fleeing Nazi persecution. He died in 1946 in New York. His brother was the art historian Aby Warburg. The Warburg Institute in Hamburg and London are important institutions to this day. Klopstock and Warburg, two names cutting through centuries.