Provenance research pilot project begins in Saxony-Anhalt – Preliminary assessment at five museums
In order to advance the search for Nazi-confiscated property, the Museumsverband Sachsen-Anhalt e. V. has launched a provenance research pilot project at five museums. The German Lost Art Foundation will support the project with a five-month funding grant.
The goal of the preliminary assessment at five selected museums in the state of Saxony-Anhalt is to determine whether there is reason to suspect that the collections contain items that were illegally confiscated by the Nazis, and secondly, to improve the state of knowledge regarding the seizure of art and cultural assets during the Nazi era in the present-day region of Saxony-Anhalt. Depending on the results of the preliminary assessments, the museums could decide whether or not to conduct more extensive, long-term provenance research.
The museums participating in the preliminary assessment are: the Altmärkisches Museum in Stendal, the Danneil-Museum in Salzwedel, the Gleimhaus Halberstadt, the Museum Aschersleben and the Museum Schloss Moritzburg Zeitz.
Similar projects have been recently conducted in Brandenburg and southern Lower Saxony.