Symposium proceedings about post-World War II exhibition practices on the occasion of the new presentation of the Haubrich Collection
How were German collections of modern art reconstructed in the postwar decade from 1945 to 1955? In November 2012 a symposium organized by the renowned Museum Ludwig pursued just this question. “One Simply Started, Without a Great Deal of Words: Exhibition Practices and Collecting Policies in the First Years after World War II”—under this title recognized specialists from museums and research centers throughout Germany reported on the motives for, the driving forces behind, and the institutional frameworks of reconstructing museum infrastructure, which, according to the former general director of the Cologne museums, Hugo Borger, “simply started, without a great deal of words.” It was in this context that many of the museums involved were researched for the first time ever. A few of the leading questions were: which modern trends were built up? Which criteria determined acquisition policy? What was the personnel and space situation like? To what extent, parallel to the rehabilitation of classical modernism, was contemporary art collected? What sort of influence did the Allies exert?
The direct motivation for the symposium was the new presentation of the Haubrich Collection.
The symposium proceedings, edited Julia Friedrich and Andreas Prinzing, were published in fall 2013 by the Akademie Verlag.
With generous support from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation for the advancement of the sciences
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