Past Research Projects

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

You can or­der the book here.