Paintings and Sculpture for the Collection Presentation "The Art of Society" (1910 to 1928)

The relocation and exhibition of the works of art in the collection presentation The Art of Society provided the grounds for the conservation and restoration of 34 of the paintings and one sculpture included in the display. This work was undertaken not only for the sake of (a well cared for) appearance, but, above all, to conservationally secure some of the most important and unique works of art.

The Restoration Department at the Neue Nationalgalerie ‒ Hana Streicher, Ina Hausmann and Ella Dudew ‒ used current art technological methods to examine the works and produce restoration concepts. The work required was carried out in part by freelance restorers. Three of the restorations were made possible through the generous support from the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung (Natalia Goncharova and Sascha Wiederhold) and the Herman Reemtsma Stiftung (Wilhelm Lehmbruck). All of the restored paintings and Wilhelm Lehmbruck’s sculpture can be viewed in the exhibition, where they shine now again in new (or old) splendor.

Erich Buchholz, Blutgesang (Ströme) (Blood Song), 1920, oil on canvas, 148 x 148 cm © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Nationalgalerie

Restoration work: Catherina Blohm
Stabilisation, surface cleaning, filling, retouching, reframing

Natalia Goncharova, Die Uhr (The Clock), 1910, oil on canvas, 105 x 79 cm
Natalia Goncharova, Die Uhr (The Clock), 1910, oil on canvas, 105 x 79 cm © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Nationalgalerie

Natalia Goncharova, Die Uhr (The Clock), 1910, oil on canvas, 105 x 79 cm © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Nationalgalerie

Restoration work: Anke Klusmeier, funded by the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung
Stabilisation, surface cleaning, filling, retouching, reframing

George Grosz, Stützen der Gesellschaft (Pillars of Society), 1926, oil on canvas, 200 x 108 cm © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Nationalgalerie

Restoration work: Barbara Hausmann
Stabilisation, surface cleaning, filling, retouching

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Atelierecke (Studio Corner), 1919‒20, oil on canvas, 126 x 121 cm
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Atelierecke (Studio Corner), 1919‒20, oil on canvas, 126 x 121 cm © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Nationalgalerie

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Atelierecke (Studio Corner), 1919‒20, oil on canvas, 126 x 121 cm © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Nationalgalerie

Restoration work: Felicitas Klein
Stabilisation, surface cleaning, filling, retouching

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Porträt Erna Schilling (Portrait of Erna Schilling), 1913, oil on canvas, 71.5 x 60.5 cm © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Nationalgalerie

Restoration work: Hana Streicher
Stabilisation, surface cleaning, filling, retouching

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Der Belle-Alliance-Platz in Berlin (The Belle-Alliance-Platz in Berlin), 1914, oil on canvas, 96 x 85 cm
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Der Belle-Alliance-Platz in Berlin (The Belle-Alliance-Platz in Berlin), 1914, oil on canvas, 96 x 85 cm © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Nationalgalerie

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Der Belle-Alliance-Platz in Berlin (The Belle-Alliance-Platz in Berlin), 1914, oil on canvas, 96 x 85 cm © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Nationalgalerie

Restoration work: Anke Klusmeier
Stabilisation, surface cleaning, filling, retouching

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Rheinbrücke in Köln (Bridge Over the Rhine in Cologne), 1914, oil on canvas, 120.5 x 91 cm © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Nationalgalerie

Restoration work: Felicitas Klein
Painting on the back of a canvas, partial remounting, stabilisation, surface cleaning, filling, retouching

Max Pechstein, Am Strand von Nidden (On the Beach at Nidden), 1911, oil on canvas, 50 x 65 cm
Max Pechstein, Am Strand von Nidden (On the Beach at Nidden), 1911, oil on canvas, 50 x 65 cm © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Nationalgalerie, Pechstein Hamburg / Preetz

Max Pechstein, Am Strand von Nidden (On the Beach at Nidden), 1911, oil on canvas, 50 x 65 cm © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Nationalgalerie, Pechstein Hamburg / Preetz

Restoration work: Catherina Blohm
Stabilisation, surface cleaning, filling, retouching

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Selbstbildnis mit Einglas (Self-Portrait with Monocle), 1910, oil on canvas, 84 x 76.5 cm © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Nationalgalerie

Restoration work: Felicitas Klein
Stabilisation, surface cleaning, filling, retouching


Project management: Restoration department of the Neue Nationalgalerie (Hana Streicher, Ina Hausmann and Ella Dudew)
Funding: Three of the restorations were made possible through the generous support from the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung (Natalia Goncharova and Sascha Wiederhold) and the Herman Reemtsma Stiftung (Wilhelm Lehmbruck).