German Lost Art Foundation supports exchange program on provenance research
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.