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Archives of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin launch provenance research project

Date 2017.12.12

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.