We strive for maximum transparency concerning the complex legal issues surrounding the Collection Online and the possible uses to be made of the materials provided in it. Photographic reproductions of works of art are primarily governed by two sets of legal norms: authors’ rights and image rights. Authors are natural persons, typically artists or writers, who produce works that meet the "intellectual creation threshold." When a work is reproduced in a photograph, the photographer acquires image rights.
Works are in the public domain when their authors have been dead for at least seventy years. We have decided not to place new legal restrictions on these works and publish them under the Creative Commons License CC-BY-SA 4.0. You may use these images without asking us for permission. You may download, share, copy, distribute, and use them (for scholarly, educational, publishing, and other, including commercial, purposes), or edit, modify, and build on them under the following conditions: you must always identify the source (the museum) and provide information on the author and right holders (credits), include a link to the license, and indicate whether you made any alterations to the image. Any dissemination of the material on your part must be governed by the same conditions: if you remix, modify, or otherwise directly build on it, you must publish your work under the same license that applied to the original without stipulating additional restrictions or imposing them through technical devices.
By contrast, many works, including, typically, works of contemporary art by living artists and artists who have been dead for less than seventy years, are not in the public domain. We have diligently investigated and ascertained the copyright situation of any such work before including it in our Collection Online. In some cases, the authors have delegated the exercise of their rights to VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, which advises on which uses you may make of the material, determines the applicable royalty, and issues the required authorization. Information on the right holders is always displayed directly below the images.
You must request and receive permission from the Lenbachhaus prior to using these images, as well as to receive high-resolution images in the .tiff format that you may need, e.g., for larger reproductions. In such instances, please contact us at repro-lenbachhausmuenchende. The reproduction authorization covers the photograph we provide; please contact the right holders identified in the caption to request permission to use the work.