German Lost Art Foundation allocates 1.15 million euros in funding for provenance research projects – Advisory committee is constituted
In order to continue supporting the decentralised search for Nazi-confiscated cultural assets, the recently established German Lost Art Foundation has decided to grant a total of 1.15 million euros to finance research provenance projects at seventeen institutions.
Several institutions will be receiving funding for the first time, including the Wilhelm Hack Museum in Ludwigshafen, the Landesmuseum Mainz, the Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach, the Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe and the Zentrum für Kulturwissenschaftliche Forschung Lübeck. The funding decision came with the recommendation of the Foundation’s newly established advisory committee.
The chairwoman of the board of trustees at the German Lost Art Foundation, Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Monika Grütters explained that “the formation of the advisory committee underscores the dynamics of the German Lost Art Foundation. Searching for Nazi-looted artworks is of highest priority for the Foundation’s financial backers, namely the federal and state governments and leading municipal associations. I am pleased to see that the demand for funding remains strong. This makes the expert assessments of the research proposals, provided by the advisory committee under Dr. Hermann Simon, director of the Centrum Judaicum, all the more important. With its dedication and careful consideration, the committee can significantly contribute to shedding light on our difficult history.”
Other institutions can now look forward to receiving continued funding for their current or new projects, including the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, the university libraries of Potsdam and Rostock, the Ethnological Institute at the University of Göttingen, the Institute of German Jewish History in Hamburg, the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, the State Museum of Art and Cultural History in Oldenburg, the Munich Stadtmuseum, the Kunsthalle Mannheim, the Städtische Museen Freiburg, the Schlossmuseum Jever and the Heimatmuseum in Müllrose.
The corresponding recommendations were issued by the advisory committee of the German Lost Art Foundation at its constituent session on 21 May 2015.
The advisory committee is comprised of nine independent experts from the fields of science and research, as well as members of museums, libraries and archives. The German Lost Art Foundation with headquarters in Magdeburg was founded by the German federal and state governments and leading municipal associations at the beginning of 2015.