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Special exhibition: Liebieghaus presents latest provenance research findings

Date 2017.05.04

The Liebieghaus sculp­ture col­lec­tion in Frank­furt am Main is to­day open­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion “Be­tween Def­i­nite and Du­bi­ous. Sculp­tures and Their His­to­ries (Ac­quired 1933–1945)”. 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 fund­ed over three years by the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion in Magde­burg.

With the aid of 12 ob­jects, the ex­hi­bi­tion of­fers in­sights in­to the his­to­ry of the mu­se­um be­tween 1933 and 1945 and tells the sto­ries of the col­lec­tors and their fam­i­lies who were as­so­ci­at­ed with these art­works. The se­lect­ed ob­jects from the Liebieghaus hold­ings serve as ex­am­ples to ex­plain dif­fer­ent forms of ac­qui­si­tion and the re­lat­ed con­duct of col­lec­tors, deal­ers and mu­se­ums dur­ing the Na­tion­al So­cial­ist pe­ri­od.

The re­search project on which the ex­hi­bi­tion is based 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 ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til Au­gust 27.

Ex­hi­bi­tion “Be­tween Def­i­nite and Du­bi­ous. Sculp­tures and Their His­to­ries (Ac­quired 1933–1945)”

Project de­scrip­tion (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)

Ausstellungsansicht „Eindeutig bis zweifelhaft. Skulpturen und ihre Geschichten“ Ausstellungsansicht „Eindeutig bis zweifelhaft. Skulpturen und ihre Geschichten“ Source:  Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung