Works of art are rarely created for the museum. They have a history, a path from the studio or workshop to their present place in an exhibition. Works of art are sold, auctioned, donated, inherited, lent – and sometimes confiscated, expropriated, stolen or looted. As part of the "Daphne" project, the Dresden State Art Collections are systematically investigating the provenance of works that have entered their museums since 1933. The history of the objects may be linked to the National Socialist dictatorship, the Soviet occupation after the end of World War II or the GDR regime. Dealing with the own collection history and Dresden's wartime losses is also part of the research work.
My name is Carina Merseburger and I am the provenance researcher of the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister. In this tour, I would like to give you an insight into our work by presenting a selection of stories behind the art.