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Felix Billeter: Kunsthändler, Sammler, Stifter. Günther Franke als Vermittler moderner Kunst in München 1923–1976

In this pub­li­ca­tion from the “De­gen­er­ate Art” re­search cen­ter, art his­to­ri­an Fe­lix Bil­leter presents the art deal­er Gün­ther Franke (1900–1976), who suc­cess­ful­ly es­tab­lished a net­work of artists, col­lec­tors and mu­se­ums in Mu­nich start­ing in 1923 and be­came an im­por­tant gal­lerist and deal­er for the works of Max Beck­mann and Ernst Wil­helm Nay. To mark its 25th an­niver­sary, he was praised in 1947 for the ef­forts he made to pre­serve works by artists re­gard­ed as “de­gen­er­ate” dur­ing the Nazi era. It was sub­se­quent­ly said that Franke was “not a man to adapt”. This pub­li­ca­tion is a con­tri­bu­tion to the his­to­ry of the art trade in Mu­nich up to the 1970s, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on Franke’s be­gin­nings and his in­volve­ments dur­ing the Nazi pe­ri­od, which were un­known up to now. It sheds light on his role as a pri­vate col­lec­tor and donor of works by Max Beck­mann to the Bay­erische Staats­gemälde­samm­lun­gen (Bavar­i­an State Paint­ing Col­lec­tions).

De Gruyter

In­for­ma­tion and or­der­ing op­tions (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)

Felix Billeter: Kunsthändler, Sammler, Stifter. Günther Franke als Vermittler moderner Kunst in München 1923-1976 Felix Billeter: Kunsthändler, Sammler, Stifter. Günther Franke als Vermittler moderner Kunst in München 1923-1976 Source:  De Gruyter