Showing posts with label MoMA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MoMA. Show all posts

Jun 26, 2022

Modern art seized by Nazis and sold through Curt Valentin: Where are they today?

Nazi Looted Art Research, focus on Curt Valentin and the sale of modern art, classified by Nazis as "Degenerate" and seized for resale to finance the Nazi war effort

Location of "Degenerate Art" seized by Nazis and sold by Curt Valentin (where it it known)

New York, Museum of Modern Art16
St. Louis, Saint Louis Art Museum5
Detroit, Institute of Arts5
USA, Privatbesitz4
Washington, National Gallery of Art3
Philadelphia, Museum of Art3
Hannover, Sprengel Museum3
Essen, Museum Folkwang3
Washington, Smithsonian Institution2
Providence, Rhode Island School of Design2
New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum2
Cambridge/MA, Fogg Art Museum2
Cambridge/MA, Busch-Reisinger Museum - Harvard University Art Museums2
Berlin, Neue Nationalgalerie2
Würzburg, Sammlung Hermann Gerlinger1
Winterthur, Kunstmuseum1
Washington, Library of Congress1
Washington, International Gallery of Art1
Sydney, Art Gallery New South Wales1
Stuttgart, Staatsgalerie1
Schweiz, Privatbesitz1
Sammlung Rolf Horn1
Oberlin, Allen Memorial Art Museum1
New York, Weintraub Gallery1
New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art1
New York, Brooklyn Museum1
Nagoya, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art1
Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefectural Art Museum1
Minneapolis, Walker Art Center1
Minneapolis, Institute of Arts1
Michigan, Slg. Adolph Alfred Taubmann1
Mailand, Fondazione Antonio Mazzotta1
Madrid, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza1
London, Sammlung Goodwin1
Locarno, Museo Civico e Archeologico Castello Visconteo1
Köln, Kunstmuseum des Erzbistums Köln1
Köln, Kunsthaus Lempertz1
Kansas City, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art1
Hamburg, Hamburger Kunsthalle1
Hagen, Karl Ernst Osthaus Museum1
Dresden, Skulpturensammlung1
Cleveland, The Cleveland Museum of Art1
Chicago, The Art Institute1
Boston, Museum of Fine Arts1
Bern, Galerie Kornfeld und Cie.1
Berlin, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Museum Berggruen1
Berlin, Galerie Michael Haas1
Bergen, Kunstmuseum, Stenersen's Collection1

 raw data source: Beschlagnahmeinventar "Entartete Kunst", "Degenerate Art" Research Center, FU Berlin; filtered for "Curt Valentin" and Location not blank or "Unbekannt"

See also: Buchholz and Valentin in Provenance Texts in American Museums

Mar 26, 2022

Looted antiquities and false provenances


Looted Art Newsflash 26 May 2022 Former Louvre Director Jean-Luc Martinez Has Been Charged With Money Laundering Over Ties to Alleged Antiquities Trafficking Ring Jo Lawson-Tancred Artnet News

Looted Art Newsflash 25 May 2022 Jean-Luc Martinez, ancien patron du Louvre, mis en examen dans une affaire de trafic d’antiquités Il est soupçonné de blanchiment et complicité d’escroquerie en bande organisée. En cause, une stèle gravée au nom de Toutânkhamon exposée au Louvre Abu Dhabi, qui pourrait avoir été pillée. Par Roxana Azimi Le Monde

Apr 3, 2020

Curt Valentin in provenances at the Harvard Art Museums

- The Persistent Crime of Nazi-Looted Art, by Sophie Gilbert, in The AtlanticLooted Art

The director of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Alfred H. Barr Jr. used art dealer Curt Valentin as an intermediary to secretly purchase artworks confiscated by Nazis from German museums. What else did Barr and other American museums directors purchase through Valentin?

In this next series of posts, we will look at the provenances of artworks that mention Curt Valentin. 

An interesting exercise for young art historians and provenances researchers is to examine each provenance with the questions: 

1) Who owned this artwork before Curt Valentin? 

2) Are there provenance gaps for the years 1933-1945?

3) What share of artworks that mention Curt Valentin in the provenance lack information about sellers, dates and places for the Nazi years? (0-25%; 26-50%; 51%-75%; 76%-100%).

4) What possible explanations might there be for the observations in 3)?

5) What actions does this suggest?

1. Mentions of Curt Valentin in the provenances of artworks at the Harvard Art Museums

See  Valentin Harvard Art Museums Provenance

for more information on Curt Valentin's role in bringing European art into American museums, see:

MoMA’s Problematic Provenances by William D. Cohan published November 17, 2011 by Artnews

Oct 31, 2019

DATASET MOMA Provenance Research Project (PRP) artworks

Dataset name: Enhanced MoMA PRP

Description: This enhanced Provenance dataset has been constructed from  information available on the public internet site of the Museum of Modern Art MoMA. It merges the list of artworks on the MoMa Provenance Research Project page with provenance texts published on the MoMA's detailed item pages. It is intended to facilitate research into Holocaust-era provenance for scholars, art historians and families. 

Original data sources that were merged to create new dataset:

Format: Google Sheet


Download: CSV

1. PRP Artworks with provenance 
(Artist,Title,Date,Medium,Dimensions,URL,Acc_Number,Department,Provenance,Publisher of Provenance,Author of Provenance)
2. About this file
3. Artists Count (pivot table with number of artworks by artists)
4. Department (pivot table with number of artworks by department)
5. Provenance text contains word "private" (pivot table with filter)
6. Provenance text contains name "Valentin" (pivot table with filter)
7. Provenance text contains the word "probably" (pivot table with filter)

Publisher: OAD

Date of Publication: October 31, 2019

Example of content: Provenance text contains word "private"

Selection of artworks listed on the MoMA Provenance Research Project that contain the word "private" in the provenance text published on the museum website