The Max Beckmann Archiv, originally part of the first Max Beckmann Gesellschaft, is devoted to one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. The archive’s chief aim is to collect any objects or information that shed light on the various facets of Max Beckmann’s life and work. The archive also contributes to research on the artist by issuing publications, mounting exhibitions, and organizing series of lectures. It documents systematically all the material in its possession, including autographs, newspaper cuttings, and photographs, and makes them available to the public for research purposes.
The Archive houses about 5000 letters, among them approximately 300 Beckmann autographs. The Max Beckmann Archiv also houses some 6,000 photographs, 60,000 newspaper cuttings, and 1,400 specialist publications. The Max Beckmann Gesellschaft owns a large part of these holdings; a further part belongs to the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen. Items are added constantly to the collection. The archive also regularly updates the catalogues raisonnés of the artist’s paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures and the bibliography of publications about him. It also contributes to research by issuing publications, mounting exhibitions, and organizing series of lectures.