Funding Committee "Colonial Contexts" Newly Appointed
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.