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Successful provenance research at the Museum Lüneburg

Date 2015.07.14

The Mu­se­um Lüneb­urg an­nounced that its prove­nance re­search fund­ed by the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion had turned up an im­por­tant find. The mu­se­um had been comb­ing its col­lec­tions for Nazi-loot­ed art since April 2014.

The re­search project fo­cused on ac­qui­si­tions made in 1940 from the es­tate of Mar­cus Heine­mann (1819-1908). Around forty de­scen­dants of the Heine­mann fam­i­ly ar­rived in Lüneb­urg at the week­end to be­come ac­quaint­ed with the city of their an­ces­tors. The project was con­duct­ed in close co­or­di­na­tion with the heirs of Mar­cus Heine­mann in the Unit­ed States and the his­to­ri­an An­neke de Rud­der at the Mu­se­um Lüneb­urg. Dr. Uwe Hart­mann, head of the de­part­ment of prove­nance re­search at the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion, em­pha­sised that the project at the Mu­se­um Lüneb­urg “im­pres­sive­ly demon­strates how im­por­tant it is to con­duct ac­tive prove­nance re­search, lo­cate the heirs of mur­dered or per­se­cut­ed Jew­ish art col­lec­tors, en­gage in a trust­ful di­a­logue with them and mu­tu­al­ly seek fair and just so­lu­tions in ac­cor­dance with the Wash­ing­ton Prin­ci­ples. It al­so demon­strates that even mu­se­ums in small- to mid-sized cities can suc­cess­ful­ly car­ry out re­search projects if they take ad­van­tage of the ad­vis­ing ser­vices of­fered by the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion.”

View the project de­scrip­tion (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)

Press re­lease by the Lüneb­urg Mu­se­um (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)

Press cov­er­age by Nord­deutsch­er Rund­funk (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)