Leopold-Hoesch-Museum and Wallraf-Richartz-Museum open an exhibition on provenance research
An exhibition on the initial research findings from two provenance research projects was opened yesterday at the Leopold-Hoesch-Museum in Düren and the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum in Cologne. In the exhibition, the two museums depict their close relationship during the Nazi period and bring together the results of their research. This research at both museums has been funded by the German Lost Art Foundation in Magdeburg.
The Foundation has been providing funding to the Leopold-Hoesch-Museum in Düren since May 2015 for scientific research into the provenance of additions between 1946 and 1968 with the aim of fully identifying possible works of unlawful origin from the Nazi period in the museum’s holdings.
Since September 2013, the Bureau for Provenance Research in Berlin (now the German Lost Art Foundation) has supported the provenance research project at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum. The museum acquired around 2,500 drawings, watercolors and graphic prints between 1933 and 1945. The aim of the project is to fully investigate the circumstances of these acquisitions.
“From the German Lost Art Foundation’s point of view, it is very gratifying to see two successful research projects funded by the Foundation presented clearly to the public in this way. It is to be hoped that many visitors to the Leopold-Hoesch-Museum will be interested in the review and depiction of the consequences of the expropriation and theft of artworks and cultural assets during the National Socialist dictatorship,” said Uwe Hartmann, head of the Provenance Research Department at the Foundation, in his welcoming address at the opening of the exhibition.
In the course of its provenance research, the Leopold-Hoesch-Museum entered into restitution negotiations with rightful owners in four cases (117 works) in November 2016, with the aim of seeking fair and just solutions for the retention of the objects in line with the Washington Principles and the Joint Declaration.