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Provenance research pilot project begins in Saxony-Anhalt – Preliminary assessment at five museums

Date 2016.07.26

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.

Vis­it the web­site of the Mu­se­umsver­band Sach­sen-An­halt e. V.