Uwe M. Schneede: Pursuing provenance research as an ongoing task
Speaking at a meeting of the Leipziger Kreis in Hanover, Prof. Uwe M. Schneede, chairman of the German Lost Art Foundation, stated that there were still too few permanent positions for provenance researchers at Germany’s major art museums. The Leipziger Kreis is a group consisting of directors of German art museums.
Prof. Schneede noted that only seven of the one and a half dozen museums represented in the group intended to undertake provenance research on an ongoing basis. However, this research needed to be a priority because of the responsibility to deal with the events of Germany’s past, he said. Prof. Schneede also called on the museums to do more to open up their own archives that were indispensable for the research work and make them accessible. Finally, he pointed out that there was often a desire on the part of the public for more precise information about the origin of the artworks on display in the museums.