Website of the German Lost Art Foundation

Specialist Conference "20 Years Washington Principles: Roadmap for the Future"

Mark­ing the 20th an­niver­sary of the adop­tion of the Wash­ing­ton Prin­ci­ples, the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion – in co­op­er­a­tion with the Kul­turs­tiftung der Län­der and the Stiftung Preußis­ch­er Kul­turbe­sitz –  held an in­ter­na­tion­al spe­cial­ist con­fer­ence "20 Years Wash­ing­ton Prin­ci­ples: Roadmap for the Fu­ture" from Novem­ber 26 to 28, 2018 at the “Haus der Kul­turen der Welt” in Berlin. The con­fer­ence was spon­sored by the Fed­er­al Com­mis­sion­er for Cul­ture and Me­dia.

Be­low you will find the doc­u­men­ta­tion of the con­fer­ence. The en­tire pan­el pro­ceed­ings were post­ed as a live-stream dur­ing the con­fer­ence, now the films are avail­able as a per­ma­nent record. Ac­cord­ing to the the­mat­ic sec­tions of the con­fer­ence, the ma­te­ri­al was sub­di­vid­ed to ease your ac­cess. Fur­ther­more, you will find those manuscripts that speak­ers pro­vid­ed for doc­u­men­ta­tion. For your in­for­ma­tion, you can down­load the pro­gram of the con­fer­ence here. (PDF, 269 KB)

Film Doc­u­men­ta­tion:

In oder to lo­cate spe­cif­ic speak­ers, please use the con­fer­ence pro­gram (see above).

Wel­come and In­tro­duc­tion


Sec­tion 1 Eval­u­a­tion


Sec­tion 2 Just and Fair So­lu­tions


Sec­tion 3 Prospects and Progress


Sec­tion 4 Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­spon­si­bil­i­ty


Manuscripts that were pro­vid­ed by the speak­ers for pub­lic use in the con­fer­ence doc­u­men­ta­tion are avail­able here. They are list­ed in or­der of ap­pear­ance (see con­fer­ence pro­gram above).


Com­mis­sion­er for Cul­ture and Me­dia Moni­ka Grüt­ters Gruß­wort zur Eröff­nung der Kon­ferenz  (PDF, 4 MB)(Ger­man manuscript on­ly)

Botschafter Stu­art Eizen­stat Wash­ing­ton Prin­ci­ples 1998 to 2018. Where are we to­day? (En­glish manuscript on­ly)

Sek­tion 2 Just And Fair So­lu­tions

Roger Strauch The Mosse Art Resti­tu­tion Project: A col­lab­o­ra­tive Ap­proach (Manuscript avail­able in Ger­man and En­glish)

Ad­di­tion­al Ma­te­ri­als:

On Novem­ber 26, 2018, in the con­text of the con­fer­ence, a Joint Dec­la­ra­tion Re­gard­ing the Im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Wash­ing­ton Prin­ci­ples (PDF, 25 KB) from 1998 was signed by Com­mis­sion­er for Cul­ture and Me­dia Moni­ka Grüt­ters and Am­bas­sador Stu­art Eizen­stat.

Press Re­lease (PDF, 417 KB) of the Lost Art Foun­da­tion in­clud­ing Con­fer­ence Con­clu­sions re­gard­ing the fu­ture tasks in im­ple­ment­ing the Wash­ing­ton Prin­ci­ples.

Co­op­er­a­tive Project Kör­ber Foun­da­tion and Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion

Lead­ing up to the spe­cial­ist con­fer­ence, the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion and the Kör­ber Foun­da­tion (Kör­ber-Stiftung) co­op­er­at­ed in or­ga­niz­ing a work­shop for the Kör­ber Foun­da­tion’s “EU­STO­RY Next Gen­er­a­tion Sum­mit 2018” from Novem­ber 14 to 19, 2018. To­geth­er, they of­fered a work­shop on “Resti­tu­tion of Art: Find­ing Just and Fair So­lu­tions” for six­teen young Eu­ro­peans from twelve coun­tries. Two of the par­tic­i­pants and a work­shop mod­er­a­tor pre­sent­ed their project in sec­tion 4 as “Wash­ing­ton Prin­ci­ples 2018: Per­spec­tives of Young Peo­ple from Eu­rope”. A short sum­ma­ry video of the work­shop re­sults can be viewed here:



Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the work­shop and the com­plete cre­ative film projects of the par­tic­i­pants you will find here. Gen­er­al in­for­ma­tion about the Kör­ber Foun­da­tion and a ret­ro­spect of the EU­STO­RY Next Gen­er­a­tion Sum­mit 2018 you can find here