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Research edition on art dealer Alfred Flechtheim published in cooperation with the German Lost Art Foundation

Date 2015.07.22

The re­searchers An­drea Bam­bi (Bavar­i­an State Paint­ing Col­lec­tions) and Ax­el Drec­oll (In­sti­tut für Zeit­geschichte Mu­nich-Berlin) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with An­drea Bare­sel-Brand (Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion) re­cent­ly pro­duced a re­search edi­tion which ad­dress­es cur­rent is­sues of loot­ed-art resti­tu­tion based on the case of Al­fred Flechtheim (1878-1937).

Flechtheim was con­sid­ered one of the most in­flu­en­tial art deal­ers of his time. In his gal­leries one could find works by fa­mous in­ter­na­tion­al artists such as Paul Klee and Pablo Pi­cas­so. Be­cause of his Jew­ish back­ground, Flechtheim was forced to flee to Lon­don in 1933 fol­low­ing se­vere per­se­cu­tion by the Na­tion­al So­cial­ists. What­ev­er be­came of the paint­ings he left be­hind still re­mains unclar­i­fied or a mat­ter of dis­pute.

Uwe Hart­mann, head of the de­part­ment for prove­nance re­search at the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion, stat­ed that he was pleased "that the in­ten­sive re­search on Flechtheim’s life, works and in­flu­ence has re­sult­ed in a com­pendi­um which sig­nif­i­cant­ly con­tributes to en­hanc­ing the in­ter­dis­ci­plinary per­spec­tive on the resti­tu­tion of loot­ed art. It builds on the ex­hi­bi­tion project of 2013/14 and the web­site al­fred­flechtheim.com."

Al­fred Flechtheim
Raubkun­st und Resti­tu­tion
Hrsg. v. An­drea Bam­bi und Ax­el Drec­oll
Unter Mi­tarb. v. An­drea Bare­sel-Brand
Schriften­rei­he der Viertel­jahrshefte für Zeit­geschichte 110
303 Seit­en, 24,95 Eu­ro
Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter 2015

Vis­it the web­site "Al­fred Flechtheim – Art Deal­er of the Avant­garde"