German Lost Art Foundation moves into its headquarters in Magdeburg
The board of trustees of the German Lost Art Foundation (DZK) met for the first time in its new headquarters in Magdeburg today. The items on the agenda included appointing the full-time member of the executive board and selecting the members for the Foundation’s scientific curatorial board.
Chair of the board of trustees and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Monika Grütters stated: “In the record time of less than one year, we’ve established the German Lost Art Foundation. Now we can move into our headquarters in Magdeburg. Our management team is complete with today’s appointment of a full-time executive board member. With Rüdiger Hütte, former deputy chief of the Federal Presidential Office and previous State Secretary in the Thuringian Ministry of the Interior and Justice, we’ve gained an experienced expert for this demanding task. I am confident that Rüdiger Hütte together with Prof. Uwe Schneede will succeed in efficiently meeting the challenges ahead during the development phase of the Foundation.”
Grütters continued: “We’ve also laid the groundwork for appointing members to the scientific curatorial board as an advisory body. I believe it’s important to draw on the expertise of distinguished figures from both Germany and abroad.” The new appointees are: Evelien Campfens, managing director of the Dutch Restitution Commission; Prof. Dr. Uwe Fleckner from the University of Hamburg; Dr. Annette Gerlach, director of the State Library Centre of Rhineland-Palatinate; Prof. Dr. Anne Grynberg, director of the Comité d´histoire auprès de la CIVS (French commission for the compensation of victims who suffered dispossession); Dr. Ute Haug, chairwoman of the Provenance Research Association, Prof. Dr. Eckart Köhne, president of the Association of German Museums; Ruediger Mahlo, representative of the Claims Conference in Germany; Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, secretary general of the Cultural Foundation of German States; and Frau Malgorzata Quinkenstein from the Berlin Centre for Historical Research at the Polish Academy of the Sciences. Two additional appointments, in particular that of an Israeli member, are currently being discussed.
The German Lost Art Foundation was established at the beginning of the year to pool the resources of provenance research in Germany, particularly in connection with Nazi-looted art. Its responsibilities include assuming supervision of the tasks of the former Magdeburg Coordination Office and the former Office of Provenance Research. The board of trustees is the supervisory body of the German Lost Art Foundation. It is comprised of fifteen members who represent the founding authorities: the German federal and state governments and the leading municipal associations.