Most surprising to the student of modern art is the alert attitude of German museums toward modern art. Even in small towns the museums have their figures by Kolbe or Barlach, their paintings by Heckel, Hofer or Beckmann, their watercolors by Klee and Nolde. Larger cities have special galleries devoted to modern art with special catalogs, which list, in the case of Dresden for instance, over 700 19th and 20th century works (exclusive of prints), in the case of Hamburg 1577, and Essen 774. Berlin and Munich have entirely separate institutions devoted to modern art since Impressionism. A dozen German museums include work by almost all the artists represented in the present exhibition, while forty more own works by several.
So generous and forethoughtful are German museums that they have become, especially in these times of depression, a very important economic factor in supporting German artists through purchase of their works specially in the cases of those artists who have no municipal teaching positions and no independent income.
The following list comprises over fifty German museums which own work by one or more (usually many) of the artists included in the present exhibition. Throughout the remainder of the catalog these museums are referred to by the name of the city only, except when there is in the city more than one museum containing modern art.
|AACHEN||Municipal Suermondt Museum|
|BERLIN||National Gallery, Crown Prince's Palace|
|BIELEFELD||Municipal Museum of Fine and Applied Arts|
|BRESLAU||Silesian Museum of Pictorial Arts|
|CHEMNITZ||Municipal Art Collection|
|DARMSTADT||Hessian State Museum|