Special exhibition: Liebieghaus presents latest provenance research findings
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.