On the occasion of Max Beckmann’s (1884–1950) 100th birthday, Peter Sorge drew the large-scale triptych Nothing Against Max. Beckmann himself is seen in the sheet on the left, drawn in pencil after a photo of 1938, above him a detail of his triptych The Argonauts (1949/50). Sorge’s work combines fragments from a wide variety of media sources – for example Janet Leigh screaming in terror in the role of Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller Psycho of 1960 – with details of Beckmann’s triptych. The medieval painting format points to art’s spiritual, originally religious purpose.
Since 2001, the Städel Museum has systematically been researching the provenance of all objects that were acquired during the National Socialist period, or that changed owners or could have changed owners during those years. The basis for this research is the “Washington Declaration”, also known as the “Washington Conference Principles”, formulated at the 1998 “Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets” and the subsequent “Joint Declaration”.
The provenance information is based on the sources researched at the time they were published digitally. However, this information can change at any time when new sources are discovered. Provenance research is therefore a continuous process and one that is updated at regular intervals.
Ideally, the provenance information documents an object’s origins from the time it was created until the date when it found its way into the collection. It contains the following details, provided they are known:
The successive ownership records are separated from each other by a semicolon.
Gaps in the record of a provenance are indicated by the placeholder “…”. Unsupported information is listed in square brackets.
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