Agnes Husslein-Arco is the first Austrian museum director to play an active role in provenance research: ‘It is a matter of great concern to us to put right past injustices and omissions.’
The staff of the Archive has been carrying out provenance research at the Belvedere since 1998. It has submitted seventy-four provenance dossiers since 1999 to the Art Restitution Committee of the Ministry of Education relating to 140 pictures and sculptures. The spectrum ranges from a Gothic panel by the Meister der Veitslegende and major works of nineteenth century Austrian and German painting by Waldmüller, Romako, or Feuerbach to Viennese art of the turn of the century by Klimt or Schiele (restitutions since 1999).
Provenance research at the Belvedere examines all works acquired since March 1938 and created before 1938. These 5,000 or so paintings, sculptures, or drawings are entered into a museum database, and an archive and literature search is carried out for each object, which is then classified as ‘uncritical’, ‘questionable’, or ‘unresolved’.
Provenance research is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.
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