How were the works to be included in the Collection Online selected?
Our long-term goal is to digitize virtually our entire collection. In selecting a first round of works for inclusion in our Collection Online, we aimed for a representative cross-section of our holdings: the Blue Rider collection, the art of the nineteenth century, and art after 1945. We have also included works currently on display as well as widely beloved highlights. We believe that serendipitous encounters with previously unknown and rarely-seen treasures are one of the great potentials of an online collection, and so we added a selection of unexpected objects that are currently in storage.
When will the museum's entire collection be online?
We make every effort to update and enlarge the Collection Online on an ongoing basis. The goal is to present the complete collection online and to provide extensive ancillary information on all works and individuals. Digitizing the works and investigating each object's copyright situation is a time-consuming task, which we work to complete while also mounting a richly varied program of exhibitions. That is why, despite our best efforts, we cannot predict when the entire collection will be online.
I saw an object in an exhibition and can’t find it in the Collection Online. Why is that?
Although we strive to digitize all works in our collection as soon as possible, not all objects are available online at this time. Objects that are on loan to the museum for presentation in a temporary exhibition will not be included in our Collection Online.
How do I know which information to include when I use an image?
To include the complete and accurate required information, simply copy the example credit line we provide for each object.
What do I do when I need image files for a specific work but can’t find it in the Collection Online or the resolution is too low?
To request reproductions or higher-resolution images, please contact our reproduction team directly.
Why don’t I see additional information on the provenance of works?
At the Lenbachhaus, we are fully committed to investigating the provenance of our collection and take the historical responsibility bound up with it very seriously. For over fifteen years, we have complied with international agreements (Washington Declaration, 1998; Declaration of the Federal Government, 1999; and the subsequent Recommendations, 2001) by conducting research into the provenance of the objects in our collection. The Credit line field includes some information on the past and present ownership of a work (e.g., donation, permanent loan, acquisition).
In addition to accurately documenting all acquisitions, we strive to identify works of art formerly in Jewish ownership and objects that were unlawfully taken from their owners and, when appropriate, restitute them to the heirs of the rightful owners. For legal reasons, we cannot provide information on objects for which this process has not been completed. However, we plan to include detailed information on the provenance of the objects, to the extent that publication is consistent with personality rights and data protection law, in a future expanded version of our Collection Online.
Here you can find for further information on provenance research at the Lenbachhaus.