Archives of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin launch provenance research project
In October, the Archives of the Akademie der Künste (Academy of Arts) in Berlin began a provenance research project. The German Lost Art Foundation in Magdeburg is supporting this research work with a financial grant over a period of two years.
The investigations are focused on the valuable painting and sculpture holdings in the art collection at the Akademie der Künste. The purpose of the research is to systematically record and document the origin of all 128 paintings and 139 sculptures incorporated into the collection since 1933 and those acquired prior to 1945. The aim is to close gaps in provenance between 1933 and 1945 for as many of the artworks as possible. Where objects are proven to have been seized as a result of Nazi persecution, fair and just solutions will be sought together with the rightful owners or their descendants.
With over 1,200 artistic estates and an extensive art collection and library, the Archives of the Akademie der Künste are considered one of the most important archives of 20th century art.