Art Dealer of the Avant-Garde. Joint Exhibition Project at 15 Museums Together with a Dedicated Website 13 October 2013 – 19 January 2014, Saal der Meisterzeichnung

The art dealer and collector Alfred Flechtheim (1878–1937) was an influential figure who played a significant role in the German art scene during the first third of the 20th century. He championed Rhenish Expressionism and French Cubism, and promoted notable artists such as Max Beckmann, George Grosz and Paul Klee. Flechtheim left Germany in 1933, having accurately interpreted the virulent anti-Semitic attacks that had been launched against him and the artists he supported. From a new base in London, he continued to work as an art dealer until his death in 1937 as a result of an accident. His widow, who had returned to Germany, committed suicide after receiving her deportation orders in 1941, whereupon their property, including works of art, fell to the German Reich. Alfred Flechtheim's dedicated engagement as an art dealer left its mark on numerous German museums, thanks to his active role in developing their collections of modern art. An extensive research project aimed to uncover these traces, present the results of the investigation in an illustrative manner and make them publicly accessible via an internet platform. By adopting this approach, many of the operating mechanisms of the art market and the collection strategies of art institutions were rendered visible. As one of the museums involved in this research project, the Hamburger Kunsthalle presented a selection of the 37 artworks (paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints) that were either bought directly from Alfred Flechtheim or were donated by him to the museum between 1920 and 1931, and two works that entered the collection after 1945.

Hamburger Kunsthalle, Provenienzforschung, Flechtheim, Ausstellung, Dokumentationsfoto, Figuren, Bronze

Dokumentationsfoto Alfred Flechtheim Ausstellung

Altogether 15 renowned museums participated in this project and at the same time made a significant contribution to provenance research: Kunstmuseum Bonn, Kunsthalle Bremen, Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Dortmund, Stiftung Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Museum der Stadt Köln, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, München, Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Westfälisches Landesmuseum, Münster, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Museum Rietberg, Zürich.

Works from the holdings of the Hamburger Kunsthalle presented in the exhibition: