Website of the German Lost Art Foundation

New: Foundation now also supports privately funded institutions and private individuals in provenance research

Date 2017.02.13

The new guide­line on prove­nance re­search fund­ing, which came in­to force on Febru­ary 6, 2017, now al­so gives pri­vate­ly fund­ed in­sti­tu­tions (e.g. mu­se­ums, archives, cor­po­rate col­lec­tions, as­so­ci­a­tions) and pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als the op­por­tu­ni­ty to ap­ply for prove­nance re­search fund­ing from the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion.One of the pre­req­ui­sites for fund­ing is that the pro­posed un­der­tak­ing seeks a just and fair so­lu­tion in ac­cor­dance with the Wash­ing­ton Prin­ci­ples and the Joint Dec­la­ra­tion.

Works of art, fur­ni­ture, books and oth­er cul­tur­al as­sets are el­i­gi­ble for in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ir­re­spec­tive of their val­ue. The Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion of­fers spe­cial­ist as­sis­tance at any time and, in in­di­vid­u­al cas­es, fi­nan­cial sup­port for the fol­low­ing types of projects:

  • Sys­tem­at­ic re­search and in­ves­ti­ga­tion of in­di­vid­u­al or to­tal hold­ings to de­ter­mine whether they con­tain cul­tur­al as­sets seized as a re­sult of Nazi per­se­cu­tion,
  • Ba­sic re­search in­to the his­tor­i­cal con­text of the loot­ing of cul­tur­al as­sets by the Nazis,
  • The open­ing up of archive hold­ings,
  • Re­con­struc­tion of pri­vate col­lec­tions or hold­ings that were seized, di­vid­ed up or de­stroyed as a re­sult of per­se­cu­tion un­der the Nazi regime.

The next ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line for long-term re­search projects is April 1, 2017.
The Foun­da­tion pro­vides fund­ing for short-term re­search needs on a case-by-case ba­sis up to a max­i­mum amount of €15,000 through­out the year with no ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line.
More in­for­ma­tion on fund­ing and the cur­rent ap­pli­ca­tion forms are avail­able here.
The Prove­nance Re­search De­part­ment will be hap­py to pro­vide an ini­tial spe­cial­ist con­sul­ta­tion and an­swer any tech­ni­cal or con­tent-re­lat­ed ques­tions.

Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion
Dr. Dag­mar Thesing
project con­sult­ing for pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions and pri­vate cit­i­zens
Hum­boldt­straße 12
39112 Magde­burg
Tele­phone+49 (0) 391 727 763 31
Tele­fax+49 (0)391 727 763 6
emaildag­mar.thesing@kul­turgutver­luste.de