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Liebieghaus publishes digital guide to exhibition on Nazi-confiscated property

Date 2017.07.03

The Liebieghaus sculp­ture col­lec­tion in Frank­furt am Main has pub­lished a dig­i­tal guide to its ex­hi­bi­tion on Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty “Be­tween Def­i­nite and Du­bi­ous. Sculp­tures and Their His­to­ries (Ac­quired 1933–1945)”. This new mul­ti­me­dia re­source pro­vides in­sights in­to the works on dis­play and al­so presents the sto­ries be­hind the ob­jects and the col­lec­tors whose prop­er­ty was seized.

“The com­mit­ment shown by the Liebieghaus to ex­am­ine the prove­nance of its hold­ings and to present the re­sults of its re­search in such a trans­par­ent and in­no­va­tive way is ex­em­plary. We sin­cere­ly hope that oth­er or­ga­ni­za­tions fol­low this ex­am­ple,” said Gilbert Lupfer, mem­ber of the ex­ec­u­tive board of the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion.

In the ex­hi­bi­tion, the Liebieghaus ad­dress­es the his­to­ry of the mu­se­um and its col­lec­tions dur­ing the Na­tion­al So­cial­ist pe­ri­od and fo­cus­es on ac­qui­si­tions made dur­ing those years. The ex­hi­bi­tion find­ings are based on a re­search project which is be­ing fund­ed over three years by the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion in Magde­burg. The project be­gan in May 2015. It is sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly ex­am­in­ing the ori­gin and his­to­ry of around 400 works to de­ter­mine whether they are cul­tur­al as­sets seized as a re­sult of Nazi per­se­cu­tion.

The dig­i­tal guide is avail­able at http://prove­nienz.liebieghaus.de/en.

Project de­scrip­tion (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)