Collection Online

Paul Klee, omphalo-centrischer Vortrag, 1939,690 (KK 10), Kreide und Kleisterfarbe auf Seide auf Jute auf Keilrahmen, 70 x 50,5 cm, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf

Introduction to the Collection Online

Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen marks the opening of its Paul Klee exhibition with a new venture in the presentation of its collection: as of now, an online data bank of outstanding works from the collection is available at

Whether purely for pleasure or for scholarly purposes, visitors to the Collection Online will find detailed information on these 100 works by Klee. Each work of art is shown with its title (in German and English), date, technique and measurements, plus any inscriptions and/or acquisition details. Entries are also accompanied by explanatory commentaries, a summary of the work’s known exhibition history, and comprehensive listings of relevant literature.

The provenance contains all available information on a work’s owners since it first left the artist’s studio. Visitors to the site can put together their own "art collection" by "collecting" works in a portfolio. The site also contains detailed artists' biographies.

Please note that most of the information at the Collection Online are in German language only.

Access to Collection Online


About Provenance Research

Research into the origins of works of art, into the history of a painting, drawing, sculpture, etc., is one of the central tasks facing each museum and public collection. Knowledge concerning the fate of the work of art subsequent to its creation can shed light on its deeper meaning.

The scholarly enterprise referred to as provenance research acquired a very special significance in December of 1988 with the Washington declaration of the “Jewish Claims Conference.”

This was followed by a “Declaration by the government of the Federal Republic of Germany, the federal states, and local organizations concerning the retrieval and restitution of cultural properties seized in the context of National Socialist persecution, especially those formerly in Jewish hands.” Germany's museums and public collections thereby committed themselves to engaging in provenance research, particularly concerning works in their collections which changed hands in the years between 1933 and 1945.