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 paintings?”
There are several reasons why I settled 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 and all victims. 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
“There is nothing better than standing up for imperishable values.”
– Hanna Bekker vom Rath (1893-1983), letter to Alexej Jawlensky (1865-1941), 1940
Our museum is a place of remembrance and knowledge that fulfills a unique objective. We are the only art museum in the German-speaking area dedicated to permanent and exclusive research into the artists of the Lost Generation. We seek out, preserve and research their artworks and biographies, which were lost in Europe during National Socialism. We then make them accessible to the public. In the heart of Salzburg, we are conducting pioneering research on a subject that is culturally significant throughout Europe.
Our collection stands for timeless humanitarian values such as diversity, empathy and inclusion and helps to pass these on to future generations. The Circle of Friends & Patrons supports the museum in fulfilling its educational mission for art history, society and our shared future.
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