This collection of artworks has grown over the years, and I no longer wished to keep it restricted to just a few guests in my own private living room. As my collection grew, I began to wonder: “What should I do with these pictures?”
There are several reasons why I alighted on the idea of turning my private collection into a public museum.
I want to tell the moving stories of the people behind these artworks. For this reason, their biographies are here placed centre-stage. These artists of the “Lost Generation” – the so-called “degenerates” and the ostracised – should finally get the recognition that was denied them during their lifetime. Furthermore, the high artistic quality of their work should also be acknowledged. With this Museum, I want to create an inviting space that exudes a sense of wellbeing – both for the “lost” artists themselves, as it were, and for visitors. This Museum should not be just a thought-provoking place of remembrance. It should be a museum that is full of life: a space for people to come together, for readings, events and discussions.
Above and beyond this, the private character of this collection and of the Museum should be both retained and continued. Step-by-step, and in exhibitions of our own, we are presenting the paintings from the collection to the public in exhibitions that are held roughly once a year. The members of the “Lost Generation” are thus on permanent exhibition, and remain a long-term topic of debate. Most of these paintings have never been shown before in public.
These artists of the “Lost Generation” have hitherto received little attention, neither in art histories nor in our own time. It is only in recent years that historians and art historians alike have begun to engage with this generation of artists as a whole. One of the tasks of my Museum is to help fill this gap in art history by making known the biographies of these artists, and by placing them in the scholarly context of art history and of the history of their times.
The life stories of these men and women should also be preserved in societal memory, and for future generations. Only by learning their stories, by treating them with the necessary respect, and by retaining an awareness of their fate can we create a sound basis for us to gaze with equanimity into the future. My prime concern is to help create conditions under which society cannot repeat the inhumanity experienced by these artists. If witnesses to those times can no longer speak to us and cannot pass on their experiences, then we need to create a bridge from them into the present and into the future. The biographies of the “Lost Generation” provide us with just such a bridge.
Prof. Dr Heinz R. Böhme – Founder of the Museum
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The Museum “Art of the Lost Generation” is run as a non-profit, private foundation.
We should be delighted to receive your contribution in support of our work – whether in aid of our efforts to bring recognition to the artists of the “Lost Generation”, or to promote the scholarly reappraisal of their stories. It is also possible to support a concrete project.
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Donations to the non-profit foundation “Prof. Dr. Heinz R. Böhme Foundation Salzburg” are tax-deductible in Austria. The Museum “Art of the Lost Generation” is registered under the number MP-17365 on the list of charitable institutions maintained by the Austrian Federal Finance Ministry (tax deductibility of donations in accordance with § 4a Para. 2 line 5 of the Income Tax Act, EStG).
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