German Lost Art Foundation approves approx. €2.15 million for 22 provenance research projects
In the first application round of 2017 (deadline: April 1) the German Lost Art Foundation’s executive board approved 22 applications from museums, libraries, academic institutions and archives. In doing so, it has followed the corresponding recommendations of the Foundation’s funding committee and has provided funding of around €2.15 million so far in 2017 to support locally based searches for cultural assets seized as a result of Nazi persecution.
“I am delighted that the Deutsches Theatermuseum in Munich and the German Oceanographic Museum in Stralsund have been added to the range of organizations funded by the Foundation, and that other institutions apart from large art museums are also committed to searching for Nazi-confiscated property. This should set an example in other areas, such as university collections, technical museums and civic libraries,” said Gilbert Lupfer, academic director of the German Lost Art Foundation.
An overview of the approved projects can be found in the annex.
In its meeting on the first application round of 2017, the German Lost Art Foundation’s funding committee also elected Stephanie Tasch, department head at the Kulturstiftung der Länder (Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States), as its deputy chair. The election was necessary because the previous deputy chair, Gilbert Lupfer, had stepped down from the committee and had been appointed as academic director of the German Lost Art Foundation.
Since the Federal and state governments began supporting provenance research projects in 2008, the institutions funded to date have received around €22.15 million. A total of 256 projects (173 long-term and 83 short-term) have been implemented at these institutions.
The German Lost Art Foundation is the central contact partner, nationally and internationally, for all matters pertaining to the unlawful seizure of cultural assets in Germany in the 20th century. It supports provenance research with research grants and registers lost and found reports for cultural assets in its publicly accessible Lost Art Database. Applications for longer-term projects may be submitted by April 1 and October 1 each year in accordance with the Foundation’s funding guideline.