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).