Successful provenance research at the Museum Lüneburg
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.”