Thursday, August 24, 2006
MuseumZeitraum Leipzig is pleased to announce an agreement has been reached with city officials to provide a building in Leipzig's Thouberg district to house the art works of Johann Dieter Wassmann (1841-1898). The works are currently on display at the Wassmann Foundation, Washington, D.C. Museum officials have, for the past two years, been negotiating with the director of the Wassmann Foundation, Mr. Jeffrey Wassmann, for the repatriation of the works to Germany. The new museum will be located little more than half a kilometer from the birthplace of the artist. Museum Zeitraum is commited to raising €10m through the Zeitraum Challenge to provide capital funding for the building's renovation and initial operating expenses.
Johann Dieter Wassmann's vast oeuvre of photographs and boxed assemblage works are now acknowledged as a key link in the birth of European Modernism. As a predecessor to such innovative artists as Kurt Schwitters, Hannah Höch, Sophie Taeuber, George Grosz, Max Ernst, Raoul Hausmann, Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell, the return of these works to Germany will mark a significant step forward toward our understanding of the early modernist movement.