Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Archive

The Kirchner Archive in Wichtrach consists of a documentation of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's complete works, built up since 1979, and a library on Kirchner's work, Expressionism, Modern Art and general art history.

Kirchner's work comprises a total of about 25,000 - 30.000 works: about 12,000 sketchbook pages, about 10,000 drawings, pastels and watercolors, about 1,500 paintings (including the backs) and about 2,100 prints.

In the archive, information on every work by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner is documented and literature on his work is systematically collected. The documentation of the complete works in the archive has the following sections: Paintings, sculpture, drawings, pastels and watercolors, prints, photography, textiles based on his designs, writings of the artist, texts, letters, bibliography.

Information and support of publications and exhibitions of the work of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Clarification of all authenticity issues concerning the work of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.

Contact
Employees
Dr. Wolfgang Henze
Curator
Dr. Alexandra Henze
Kirchner Expert
Dipl.-Phil. Didari Mikeladze
Research assistant
Media

ConSTRUCTION AND TASKS OF THE ERNST LUDWIG KIRCHNER ARCHIVES

Introduction to the Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Archive

Expert opinion

1) Information without sending the work

Requirements for information without sending the work

For any information, we first require a good photograph, also of the reverse side (a photocopy will suffice there), a precise description of the work and all known details, including the provenance.

A good photograph is an important prerequisite for the publication of the work in the new catalogs of works or their supplements.

Cf. exemplary front and back of a drawing by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner entitled "Zwei Badende auf Fehmarn (1912).
The back shows the estate stamp and contains other important information on the provenance and authenticity of the drawing.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, drawing, expert opinionErnst Ludwig Kirchner, drawing, expert opinion

2) Photo expertise with sending the work

Requirements expert opinion (Switzerland)

For photo-expertises we always need a photograph beforehand, then - after consultation with us - the work in the original here in our archive for some time.

Personal delivery of the work to be examined is not accepted.

Send your work of art(indispensable: Works on paper only unframed and with freely accessible back side) with a pro forma invoice issued by you and addressed to us with the note "For examination" as well as two photographs on paper in the format 18 x 24 cm by your or our transport company.

After our examinations you will receive your work of artback immediately by the same way. We ask you to arrange the insurance of the outward and return transport as well as the intermediate stay here yourself. All transports and stopovers at your risk and at your expense.

Our transport company

SWITZERLAND
Möbel Transport AG Basel
attn. Hd. Galerie Henze & Ketterer
Genuastrasse 14
CH 4142 Münchenstein

responsible: Mr. Daniel Grütter
Phone: +41 61 335 33 14
Fax: +41 61 331 80 47
E-mail: daniel.gruetter@moebel-transport.com

Fees
Information without presentation of the original (works on paper)
CHF 350.-
Information without presentation of the original (painting)
CHF 700.-
Works on paper (photo expertise)
CHF 700.-
Paintings and sculptures (photo expertise)
CHF 1400.-
If more extensive research is necessary
by arrangement
Requirements for expert opinions (EU)

For photo-expertise we always need a photograph beforehand, then - after consultation with us - the work in the original here with us in the archive for some time.

Personal delivery of the work to be examined is not accepted.

Send your artwork (indispensable: Works on paper only unframed and with freely accessible backside) with a pro-forma invoice issued by you and addressed to us with the note "For appraisal" as well as two photographs on paper in the format 18 x 24 cm to your foreign forwarding agent.

This forwarding agent carries out the provisional export from the EU (so that you receive your work back without EUST debit) and sends it to our transport company.

Our transport company carries out the provisional import into Switzerland and sends us your work of art for appraisal. After this, it will be returned to you immediately in the same way. We ask you to arrange for the insurance of the outward and return transport as well as the interim stay in the archive yourself. All transports and stopovers are at your risk and expense.

Our transport company

SWITZERLAND
Möbel Transport AG Basel
attn. Hd. Galerie Henze & Ketterer
Genuastrasse 14
CH 4142 Münchenstein

responsible: Mr. Daniel Grütter
Phone: +41 61 335 33 14
Fax: +41 61 331 80 47
E-mail: daniel.gruetter@moebel-transport.com

Fees
Information without presentation of the original (works on paper)
EUR 350.-
Information without presentation of the original (painting)
EUR 700.-
Works on paper (photo expertise)
EUR 700.-
Paintings and sculptures (photo expertise)
EUR 1400.-
If more extensive research is necessary
by arrangement