New Perspectives on Provenance Research in Germany
The conference “New Perspectives on Provenance Research in Germany” on 27-28 November at the Jewish Museum in Berlin was a major success for the German Lost Art Foundation. Directed by Uwe M. Schneede, member of the executive board, the conference welcomed approximately 350 participants on both days. Researchers from Germany and abroad used the occasion to engage in intensive discussions. The conference was moderated by Stefan Koldehoff and featured presentations by Ulf Bischof (attorney, Berlin), Gilbert Lupfer (Dresden State Art Collections), Jane Milosch (director of the Provenance Research Initiative, Smithsonian Institution, Washington), Hermann Parzinger (President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) and Małgorzata Quinkenstein (Polish Academy of Sciences) on their experiences with provenance research and what they expected of the Foundation. The lecture by Rüdiger Mahlo (Jewish Claims Conference) was recorded on film. The audience had the opportunity to discuss the issues with the speakers in more detail in several discussion rounds. The Foundation will post a detailed conference report on this page shortly.
The evening before, only hours after the trustees had convened at the constituent session, Federal Government Commissioner and chair of the board of trustees Monika Grütters officially opened the conference with a keynote address. The trustees elected Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen (Secretary General of the Cultural Foundation of German States) as the chairperson of the board of trustees and Eckart Köhne (President of the German Museums Association) as her deputy. Herfried Münkler’s evening presentation addressed the topic “Stolen or Saved? The Transferal of Cultural Assets from around the World to the Cities of Europe”. The manuscript and other presentations are available as PDF downloads (in German only).
Please note that the manuscripts are only available in German.
Please note that the press reports are only available in German.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: Die Suche nach Raubkunst geht weiter. Uwe M. Schneede über das erste Jahr des Deutschen Zentrums Kulturgutverluste
Süddeutsche Zeitung: Verluste ausgleichen. Die erste Tagung des neuen Deutschen Zentrums Kulturgutverluste
Focus/dpa: Parzinger für Stärkung der Forschung
Der Tagesspiegel: Kulturgutverlust-Tagung
SWR 2: Uwe M. Schneede im Gespräch
Deutsche Welle: Konferenz zur internationalen Raubkunst-Forschung in Berlin eröffnet