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Booklet and Multimedia Guide on Provenance Research in the Alte Nationalgalerie.

Alte Nationalgalerie

New forms of mediation: An accompanying booklet and multimedia guide answer questions on the provenance of 21 works in the Alte Nationalgalerie.

How did this painting come to the museum? Who sold this sculpture to the museum, and who was this art collector or that art dealer? And why does the object label indicate that the work was only recently purchased, when it has been hanging here much longer?

Booklet: Artworks and Their Histories – Understanding the Clues

Answers to these and similar questions can be found in the booklet accompanying the provenance research Artworks and Their Histories – Understanding the Clues (available in the museum shop and online in the webshop). It presents 21 works from the permanent exhibition at the Alte Nationalgalerie and tells their stories.

Every work of art has its own story. The paths artworks follow that lead them to museums are numerous and winding and rarely straightforward. Sometimes these paths are even quite bizarre, and often the tracks left behind are faint and must be carefully reconstructed. Provenance researchers and curators work together to this end, discovering exciting details.

Follow the traces and rediscover the collection of the Alte Nationalgalerie!

Artworks and Their Histories — Understanding the Clues

A Guide to Provenance Research at the Alte Nationalgalerie: the Permanent Exhibition

For the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin edited by Petra Winter, Zentralarchiv, ISBN 978-3-88609-885-9, €8.

The publication is available in the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin webshop

Multimedia Guide and App

All information on the selected works is also available in the multimedia guide of the Alte Nationalgalerie and in the app as “Provenance Trace”.

The “Provenance Trace” was made possible with funds from the project Art, Looting, and Restitution – Forgotten Life Stories.