Website of the German Lost Art Foundation

Manual for Provenance Research in Germany is now available in English

Date 2020.09.01

In co­op­er­a­tion with five partners, the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion pub­lished the “Prove­nance Re­search Man­u­al to Iden­ti­fy Cul­tur­al Prop­er­ty Seized Due to Per­se­cu­tion Dur­ing the Na­tion­al So­cial­ist Era”. The En­glish trans­la­tion of the Ger­man “Leit­faden Prove­nien­z­forschung” is now avail­able on­line.

The Man­u­al is de­signed as a prac­tice-ori­ent­ed toolk­it for em­ploy­ees of mu­se­ums, li­braries and archives, for arts and an­tiques deal­ers, and for pri­vate col­lec­tors, with the fo­cus on re­search in Ger­many. Any­one who has doubts about the prove­nance of cul­tur­al prop­er­ty in their own hold­ings – whether paint­ings, sculp­tures, books, coins, porce­lain, prints or sil­ver cut­lery – will find the nec­es­sary tools in the Man­u­al: prac­ti­cal tips, case stud­ies and all the im­por­tant ad­dress­es, sources and In­ter­net ac­cess.


The pub­li­ca­tion is di­vid­ed in­to six chap­ters: The top­ics range from the his­tor­i­cal con­text and eth­i­cal obli­ga­tion, plan­ning and meth­ods of prove­nance re­search to the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of heirs. The Man­u­al con­veys po­lit­i­cal, le­gal and eth­i­cal prin­ci­ples, but al­so pro­vides in­for­ma­tion on in­sti­tu­tions and net­work­ing with­in prove­nance re­search in Ger­many.

In ad­di­tion to the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion, the Man­u­al is a joint ef­fort by five oth­er part­ners:

·         Ar­beit­skreis Prove­nien­z­forschung e. V.,

·         Ar­beit­skreis Prove­nien­z­forschung und Resti­tu­tion – Bib­lio­theken,

·         Deutsch­er Bib­lio­theksver­band e. V.,

·         Deutsch­er Mu­se­ums­bund e. V.,

·         ICOM Deutsch­land e. V.

The au­thors of the vol­ume were in­stru­men­tal­ly in­volved in the schol­ar­ly, method­olog­i­cal and prac­ti­cal evo­lu­tion of the field over the past years and have con­tribut­ed their wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence. The Man­u­al can be down­load­ed here: www.kul­turgutver­­u­al