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« Hans Hartung – Works in public collections », online catalogue.

We are delighted to announce the availability of a catalogue raisonné of works by Hans Hartung in public collections worldwide. This new digital resource enables the widest possible public to examine anew the history of the artist’s production and its reception.

The copious documentation amassed by the artist during his lifetime and the Foundation’s ongoing preservation, research, and classification since his death underlie a cartography of all pieces held in what we call here, in a broad sense, “public collections.” These include not only collections belonging to a public entity—a State or territorial collectivity—but, more generally, any collections permanently or temporarily accessible to the public, whether or not they are housed in a dedicated space.This concept—varying with different countries’ social and political traditions—covers a wide spectrum and opens a vast field of study for historians and art historians.The present catalogue does not claim to establish a strict definition of “public collection”; rather, it enables an unconstrained examination of the relationship between an artist and posterity. Its selected “guidepost texts” blaze trails for reflection on the role of institutions in constructing an artist’s oeuvre.

In light of its mission of general interest and public outreach for the artist’s work, the Fondation Hartung-Bergman has published the catalogue on an open-access digital platform, as it did the artist’s catalogue raisonné of paintings and drawings 1914–1944. This digital resource provides multiple selection criteria within the corpus: year or decade created, year or decade acquired, medium, mode of acquisition, and geographic area.This virtual collection of nearly 400 pieces provides an overview from which emerges, in extraordinary perspective, a history of the reception of Hans Hartung’s work.

Hans Hartung – Works in public collections
Published by the Fondation Hartung-Bergman, 2020
Online catalogue: http://hanshartung.com/