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German Lost Art Foundation supports exchange program on provenance research

Date 2016.10.20

The Prus­sian Cul­tur­al Her­itage Foun­da­tion and the Smith­so­ni­an In­sti­tu­tion (Wash­ing­ton, USA) will this week launch a project for sys­tem­at­ic net­work­ing be­tween Ger­man and Amer­i­can prove­nance re­searchers, with the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion pro­vid­ing ad­vi­so­ry sup­port for the project.

The three-year “Deutsch-Amerikanis­che Aus­tausch zur Prove­nien­z­forschung/Ger­man-Amer­i­can Prove­nance Ex­change Pro­gram for Mu­se­um Pro­fes­sion­als (PREP)” will, for the first time, bring to­geth­er mu­se­um ex­perts from Ger­many and the US who are in­volved in prove­nance re­search and in­ves­ti­gat­ing Na­tion­al So­cial­ist art theft. The aim of PREP is to ex­pand the meth­ods and com­pe­ten­cies as­so­ci­at­ed with prove­nance re­search in both coun­tries, and to in­crease pub­lic aware­ness of the sub­ject. Uwe Hart­mann, head of the Prove­nance Re­search De­part­ment at the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion, is rep­re­sent­ing the Foun­da­tion in the PREP steer­ing group.

The Prus­sian Cul­tur­al Her­itage Foun­da­tion and the Smith­so­ni­an In­sti­tu­tion will or­ga­nize six one-week work­shops with their part­ners be­tween 2017 and 2019. Cu­ra­tors, archive staff, his­to­ri­ans and oth­er ex­perts will dis­cuss cur­rent and fu­ture-ori­ent­ed meth­ods of prove­nance re­search. They will al­so ad­dress the is­sues of how in­for­ma­tion on ex­ist­ing source ma­te­ri­al could be bet­ter shared and how re­search find­ings could be bet­ter pub­li­cized in­ter­na­tion­al­ly.

Press re­lease of the Prus­sian Cul­tur­al Her­itage Foun­da­tion (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)