Foundation and heirs support project to reconstruct Mosse art collection
The German Lost Art Foundation in Magdeburg and the heirs of German art collector and newspaper publisher Rudolf Mosse (1843–1920) are jointly financing a project to research the whereabouts of works looted from the patron’s collection and the exact circumstances of their confiscation. This is the first time public institutions in Germany and descendants of the victims of Nazi persecution have joined forces in a partnership to undertake provenance research.
The project aims to find out which works from the Mosse collection are still in existence and where they are located. It will also try to establish the precise circumstances of their loss during the Nazi period, and draw conclusions about the exploitation of confiscated cultural property in the early phase of the Nazi regime.
The German-Jewish publisher, art collector and philanthropist Rudolf Mosse was one of the most influential figures in Berlin’s economic circles in Imperial Germany and the early days of the Weimar Republic. The Mosse family was forced to flee Germany after the Nazis took power. The possessions they left behind after their emigration were auctioned off in a forced sale in 1934.
The Foundation is providing funding of over €300,000 to support the research work, initially for two years. The project is based at the Art History Institute of the Freie Universität Berlin (FU) and is supported by the Cultural Foundations of the German federal states, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, the Foundation of the Jewish Museum Berlin and the Landesarchiv (State Archives) of Berlin.