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Unique Online Database Provides Information on the Whereabouts of “Degenerate Art”

Fate of Confiscated Works of Art Can Be Viewed Online as of April 21

№ 77/2010 from Apr 07, 2010

Researchers at the “Degenerate Art” Research Center at the Art History Institute of Freie Universität Berlin have reconstructed the fateful path of pictures, paintings, and sculptures classified by the Nazis as “degenerate art” and confiscated from museums during the Nazi period. As of April 21 the results of their research will be available online at no charge. To introduce this unique online database to the public, we invite you to a press conference on

Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 10:30 a.m.
“Degenerate Art” Research Center, Art History Institute, Freie Universität Berlin, Room A 163, Koserstr. 20, 14195 Berlin; Subway station: Podbielskiallee (U3)

RSVP by April 16 via e-mail: kommunikationsstelle@fu-berlin.de

The “Degenerate Art” Research Center was established in late 2002 at the Art History Institute of Freie Universität Berlin. Since being set up the research center has been funded mainly by the Ferdinand Möller Foundation and the Gerda Henkel Foundation. Its research focuses on the methods of Nazi art policy, particularly the background, history, and impact of the seizure of modern art in German museums by the Nazis in 1937. This includes research on the anti-modern propaganda exhibitions after 1933 and the traveling exhibition “Degenerate Art” from 1937 to 1941. In this context, the research center looks into the fate of the artists involved, the strategies of the museum directors, and the role of art dealers in the disposal.