MKG Hamburg publishes conference proceedings from symposium on looted art – Uwe M. Schneede praises museum’s pioneering role
The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) has published conference proceedings from the symposium “Looted art? Silver from Jewish collections – How museums deal with it” held on February 4 and 5, 2016.
In his opening speech, Uwe M. Schneede, member of the executive board of the German Lost Art Foundation in Magdeburg, emphasized the pioneering role taken by the museum in its approach to examining its own holdings for Nazi looted art: “In 2014, the previous findings of the research work were integrated into the collection in a truly excellent example of best practice, with attention focused not only on resolved cases but also on outstanding issues. This demonstrates competent handling of the museum’s own history and its responsibility towards victims,” said Schneede.
The German Lost Art Foundation and its predecessor have provided financial support to the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg since 2011 for a variety of projects.
The event to which the published conference proceedings relate was held as part of the exhibition “Looted art? Provenance research on the collections of the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg”.