Full text: Zeitungsausschnitte über sonstige Veröffentlichungen

aus : The Academy, 1872, Apr, 1 
S. 125 
A letter dated Berlin, end of February 1872, and signed 
Phil. Silvanus, appears in the present number of the Zeitschrift 
für bildende Kunst. It gives interesting particulars as to the 
relations now existing between the government and those art 
institutions which are under governmental control. Both the 
Academy of Arts and the Royal Museums have suffered severely 
under the Mühler régime, and are hoping anxiously for a more 
liberal policy from his successor, Dr. Falk. Many posts have 
been allowed to remain vacant from motives of economy; the 
question now is by whom are they to be filled, and what is to be 
the programme of the future. Of old, there was a General- 
Director, to whom the directors of the separate galleries and 
cabinets were subordinate; the chief was always considered to 
fill a court office, and it was necessary that he should be hof- 
fähig. Since the voluntary resignation of Herr von Olfers, who 
obtained this appointment through the favour of the Queen 
Dowager, this post has remained unoccupied. It is now nomin- 
ally held by the Crown Prince, Herr von Usedom being ap- 
pointed at least for six months as his Adlatus. According to all 
report, Herr von Usedom is the right man for the place. But, 
it is asked, is the existence of such a place desirable ? The 
General-Director has the supervision of a number of collections 
and galleries, which represent the most various departments of 
the arts. No man alive can possess in each special knowledge 
which would warrant him in trusting to his own judgment. He 
must therefore often (whoever he may be) rely on his sub- 
ordinates if he wish to avoid making serious mistakes. On the 
other hand, it is urged with much show of reason that in 
the interests of the institutions themselves it is highly desirable 
that they should have a zealous and active representative who 
can make their wants known to government, and enforce the 
attentive consideration of their pecuniary and other needs.

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