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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

Date 2015.12.09

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)
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