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Leopold-Hoesch-Museum and Wallraf-Richartz-Museum open an exhibition on provenance research

Date 2016.12.05

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.

Project de­scrip­tion Leopold-Hoesch-Mu­se­um & Pa­pier­mu­se­um Düren (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)

Project de­scrip­tion (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)