Görlitzer Sammlungen für Geschichte und Kultur launches provenance research project – German Lost Art Foundation finances search for Nazi-confiscated property
In a one-year project financed by the German Lost Art Foundation, the Görlitzer Sammlungen für Geschichte und Kultur (Görlitz Collections of History and Culture) has begun to systematically investigate all acquisitions made by the museum between 1933 and 1945 in search of Nazi-confiscated property.
Museum staff had already found evidence in the 1990s that certain items in the Görlitz Collections had been acquired during the years of National Socialism under unlawful circumstances. Several years ago, individual artworks, e.g. two paintings by Lovis Corinth and Max Slevogt, had been returned to the rightful heir of the collector to whom they had once belonged.
The findings of the current research project will be publicised on the Lost Art Database operated by the German Lost Art Foundation.