Art and clutter

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Television broadcast
Original title Art + clutter
Country of production GermanyGermany Germany
original language German
Year (s) since 1985
length 30 minutes
weekly on Saturdays
genre Antiques advice
First broadcast 1985 on BR television

Kunst + Krempel is a series of programs broadcast by Bayerischer Rundfunk television since 1985 , in which viewers present old objects they own, have them classified by experts and tell the story that connects them with the respective object.

The latest episode of Kunst + Krempel is broadcast weekly on Saturdays at 7.30 p.m. on Bavarian television and repeated on the same evening on ARD-alpha . Another repetition will take place on 3sat on the following Saturday at 2 p.m.

Older episodes are repeated on workdays at 2:15 p.m. on Bavarian television or can be accessed and viewed in the media library , including the ARD and 3sat media libraries .


The format is comparable to the British Antiques Roadshow , which has been produced by the BBC since 1979 . It arose from a "flea market" on Bavarian television in 1985. The main initiators of the program were Karl Strobel (editor) and Michael Kreitmeir (director).

The broadcast is recorded three times a year in a different city (in a castle , monastery , museum or similar location) with four cameras, with recording and consultation taking half a day for each topic. Almost 20 programs are produced from the material obtained in this way, each of which is 30 minutes long after editing, editing and arrangement.

The subject areas include paintings , furniture , toys , jewelry , militaria , musical instruments , clocks , and religious folk art . From the registrations for the subject areas, the broadcaster will make a selection in advance for the respective event.


The objects presented by the audience are discussed by two experts - one is more responsible for cultural history , the other for assessing their value on the art market . Great importance is attached to the presentation of the art and cultural-historical background of the objects, often in connection with explanations of the manual production process and recommendations for any necessary restoration.

The advice and evaluation by the experts is free of charge for all guests invited by the BR after the preselection, even if their subject does not appear in the program. Spectators who want to present their antiques must register themselves and their objects with the BR in advance by post or email . In order to pre-select up to four items per applicant and subject area and to prepare the experts for the introduction, it is necessary to send information about each item and two photos: one that shows the overall view of the item and one that has a signature , manufacturer's seal, etc. shows. (For violins: one overall view from the back and one from the front as well as a detailed view of the violin note and snail ). The experts prepare with the help of specialist literature , but there is no time for more intensive preliminary research, so they mainly have to rely on their specialist knowledge. In individual interesting cases, research is carried out, the results of which are incorporated into the broadcast. Not all questions can always be finally clarified, so some attributions to certain artists only have to be expressed with reservations or as suspicions. Sometimes the audience is asked to help if, for example, a place depicted in a painting is to be identified. Occasionally, brief reviews of objects from earlier episodes are inserted into the program, in which reports on facts that became known or prices achieved on the art market after the broadcast (e.g. through more detailed research or advice from viewers).

According to the BR, the experts are renowned specialists ( sworn experts ), one each from a museum and the art trade - from Germany and Austria, e.g. B .:

Special exhibits

Street scene at Alexanderplatz , Berlin - by Lesser Ury
  • A pastel drawing of a street scene on Alexanderplatz in Berlin by Lesser Ury from the 1910s, which was presented in the program in April 2014 , was estimated by experts at around € 130,000 and reached a price of the equivalent of € 200,000 at the auction by Christie's in London at the end of July 2017 (with auction fees of almost € 250,000).
  • On October 5, 2013, a painting by José María Velasco Gómez was presented with the motif The Valley of Mexico as seen from the Santa Isabel Hill . The experts estimated the value in the program to be between 350,000 euros and 500,000 euros. At a Sotheby’s auction in New York in 2014, the painting was sold for $ 269,000 (bid 220,000 plus fees). It is still one of the most valuable works of art that has ever been shown at Kunst + Krempel.
  • In the broadcast on March 23, 2019, an image of a saint from the 19th century was presented, the back of which turned out to be a Christ as a gardener from a workshop in Ulm from the end of the 15th century. The signature and the purchase price of the newer holy image were written across the historically more valuable picture. Despite the damage and trimming, this picture was initially estimated four to five times more valuable than the painting on the front. That would have been worth almost 2,000 euros. Further research after the recording even resulted in an estimate of around 30,000 euros.

Adaptations from other broadcasters

The NDR is showing a broadcast of the same concept under the title Lieb & Teuer with Janin Ullmann . The WDR showed until the beginning of the nineties under the title Schatz oder Schätze? a similar format. At the beginning of the 21st century, similar formats were broadcast on other regional programs, such as kitsch or art? that ran at HR from 2007 to 2009. On September 17, 2006, the SWR also started an antiques broadcast under the title " Echt antique ?!" . The ORF has been broadcasting a similar monthly format since 2011 under the title What do you appreciate ...? .

In the English-speaking world there are similar concepts under the name Antiques Roadshow .

The ZDF offers a similar broadcast format with Horst Lichter under the title Bares für Rares , but the price to be achieved is more important than the art-historical classification. Here, private individuals can have their properties valued and then offer them for sale to five dealers who, however, have no knowledge of the previous expert appraisal.

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e f Kunst + Krempel: General information. In: BR Fernsehen, March 14, 2017, accessed November 25, 2017 .
  2. ^ Art + Krempel: family treasures under the microscope. In: BR Television, accessed November 25, 2017 .
  3. Kunst + Krempel: Would you like expert advice? Everything about registering with Kunst + Krempel. In: BR Fernsehen, May 6, 2017, accessed November 25, 2017 .
  4. Bayerischer Rundfunk: Religious Folk Art: Dr. Frank Matthias Kammel . July 1, 2018 ( [accessed January 12, 2020]).
  5. ^ Art + Krempel: Street scene Lesser Ury: Berliner Luft. Painting - Treasury. In: BR Fernsehen, April 26, 2014, accessed November 26, 2017 .
  6. ^ Looted art: stolen painting on television appeared on from September 2, 2009; Stolen painting appears on TV after 64 years - Since 1945, "The Sermon on the Mount (Paulus in Lystria)" by the painter Frans Francken the Younger has been lost - now it has appeared again in an unusual way. on from December 3, 2009
  7. Mexican picture by Velasco - sensational attic find - Kunst + Krempel - of October 3, 2013 ( Memento of January 14, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  8. ^ Looted art in "Kunst & Krempel" appeared on on September 9, 2009
  9. Excerpt from the broadcast on March 23, 2019


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