Klassik Stiftung Weimar concludes provenance research on acquisitions made between 1940 and 1945
In December 2019, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar brought its provenance research on acquisitions made between 1940 and 1945 to a provisional closure. To date, the foundation has restituted 2,507 objects to the legal successors of 13 persecuted owners. These objects had been definitively assessed as cultural goods confiscated under Nazi persecution.
From this year onward, research activities are turning to the acquisition period after May 9, 1945. They will be extended beyond objects confiscated under Nazi persecution to include items which were unlawfully seized during the Soviet occupation and the GDR era. For the period 1945 to 1990, it is assumed that there were approx. 300,000 acquisitions made by the predecessor institutions of today’s Klassik Stiftung.
Since 2010, the Klassik Stiftung has been examining its collections systematically - i.e. chronologically and across all inventories - for cultural goods seized through Nazi persecution. It received support from the German Lost Art Foundation for a number of projects between 2009 and 2016. After funding from the Foundation expired, the Klassik Stiftung has financed its provenance research wholly from its own resources. Since November 2015, a mobile display case specially developed by the Klassik Stiftung has been informing visitors about its provenance research activities. The case is displayed on a rotating basis in the foyers of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar institutions that hold its collections. Each time, the display case presents an example of an object that has been identified as Nazi-confiscated property. It sheds light on the fates of former owners and documents the investigative activities of the provenance researchers.