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