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German Lost Art Foundation continues dialog with art collectors and art trade

Date 2017.05.22

On May 16, 2017, Rüdi­ger Hütte (full time mem­ber of the Foun­da­tion’s Ex­ec­u­tive Board), Prof. Gilbert Lupfer (aca­dem­ic di­rec­tor) and aca­dem­ic as­sis­tants from the Foun­da­tion met with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from art trade and gallery as­so­ci­a­tions, art deal­ers and col­lec­tors at the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion in or­der to re­sume the di­a­log be­gun in 2015.

The meet­ing cen­tered on the pre­sen­ta­tion and in-depth dis­cus­sion of a re­port by Prof. Matthias Weller (EBS Uni­ver­sität Wies­baden). His re­port con­front­ed the le­gal is­sues that could arise in con­nec­tion with a database on trans­ac­tions of art works in the pe­ri­od 1933–1945 and the in­dex­ing of doc­u­ments from art deal­ers.

All par­ties in­volved ex­pressed a wish for the di­a­log to con­tin­ue. It should fo­cus on the dis­cus­sion of con­crete op­por­tu­ni­ties for co­op­er­a­tion, which would uti­lize the prove­nance re­search and en­able new re­search in­to art­works seized be­tween 1933 and 1945 as a re­sult of per­se­cu­tion.