Urgent appeal by the German Lost Art Foundation succeeds in ensuring funding for the “Degenerate Art” research group at the Freie Universität Berlin for 2016
At the conference “New Perspectives on Provenance Research in Germany” on 27-28 November 2015, Prof. Dr. Uwe M. Schneede, member of the executive board of the German Lost Art Foundation, joined conference participants in urgently appealing to the German federal government, the state of Berlin and the Freie Universität Berlin to continue funding the “Degenerate Art” research group.
Last week the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Prof. Monika Grütters announced that the future of the research group “Degenerate Art” at the Freie Universität (FU) had been secured for 2016. Funding for the group by the Ferdinand Möller Foundation was set to conclude at the end of 2015. The Commissioner’s office pledged to continue financing with its own budget resources.
In his statement, Prof. Dr. Uwe M. Schneede said: “I’m very pleased that the forceful appeal we directed at our politicians has had an effect. The topic of provenance research, which has recently generated increased public attention due to the Gurlitt case, will remain a central task for museums and archives. The research group ‘Degenerate Art’ and its internationally acclaimed database represent an important contribution to this end.”
The research group was established in 2003 on the initiative of the Ferdinand Möller Foundation and has since become a contact point for provenance researchers, museum staff and private collectors. The research work primarily focuses on the methods of National Socialist art policy, in particular the prehistory, history and repercussions of confiscations of modern artworks in German museums by the National Socialists in 1937.
For more information, visit: http://www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/e/khi/forschung/entartete_kunst/ (ony German version)
Press release by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (only German version)