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Funding Committee "Colonial Contexts" Newly Appointed

Date 2019.02.20

Since Jan­uary 1, 2019, the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion has be­gun of­fer­ing project fund­ing re­gard­ing re­search in­to the ori­gin of cul­tur­al goods from colo­nial con­texts. The first ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line for project pro­pos­als will be June 1, 2019. Com­mis­sion­er for Cul­ture und Me­dia Moni­ka Grüt­ters has ap­point­ed a new Fund­ing Com­mit­tee Colo­nial Con­texts to eval­u­ate the ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived and pre­pare fund­ing rec­om­men­da­tions for the Foun­da­tion’s Ex­ec­u­tive Board. She se­lect­ed a num­ber of renowned ex­perts in this field as mem­bers of the com­mit­tee and al­so en­sured that an in­ter­na­tion­al per­spec­tive was rep­re­sent­ed.

The mem­bers of the com­mit­tee are: Prof. Wiebke Ahrndt (Übersee-Mu­se­um Bre­men), Prof. An­toinette Do­minicé (Lud­wig-Max­i­m­il­ians-Uni­ver­sität München), Prof. Al­bert Gouaf­fo (Uni­ver­sité de Dschang, Cameroon), Prof. Mon­i­ca June­ja (Uni­ver­si­ty of Hei­del­berg), Prof. Ul­rike Lind­ner (Uni­ver­si­ty of Cologne), Dr. Bar­bara Planken­stein­er (Mu­se­um am Rothen­baum, Ham­burg), Prof. Béné­dicte Savoy (Tech­nis­che Uni­ver­sität Berlin), Ma­ja Schweitzer (BKM, Berlin) and Dr. Stephanie Tasch (Cul­tur­al Foun­da­tion of the Ger­man Fed­er­al States, Berlin).

At the be­gin­ning of 2019, the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion widened its re­mit to in­clude prove­nance re­search and ba­sic re­search on cul­tur­al goods from colo­nial con­texts. In fu­ture, the Foun­da­tion will sup­port pub­lic mu­se­ums and col­lec­tions, li­braries, archives and re­search in­sti­tu­tions in their ef­forts to clar­i­fy the ori­gin of the works, in a sim­i­lar way to how it pro­vides sup­port in the field of Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty. A new de­part­ment is be­ing set up to car­ry out this work. Fi­nan­cial re­sources to­tal­ing €1.9 mil­lion have been ear­marked for project fund­ing and staff.

The Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion’s core mis­sion of fund­ing prove­nance re­search in­to Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed cul­tur­al goods re­mains un­af­fect­ed by this new and im­por­tant area of re­spon­si­bil­i­ty.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on project fund­ing is avail­able here.