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2022.08.29

Save the date: panel discussion and digital conference "Die Peripherie im Zentrum", 13-15 November 2022

This November, the German Lost Art Foundation is once again holding its annual autumn conference: the digital conference entitled Die Peripherie im Zentrum. Vergessenes, Verdrängtes und Vernachlässigtes in der Provenienzforschung (“The periphery at the centre. What gets forgotten, repressed and neglected in provenance research”) on 14 and 15 November will focus on provenance research beyond the major cities and institutions – in the countryside, in border regions and in smaller museums. The focus is not on prominent works of art but on the frequently neglected objects such as household effects and belongings that were stolen from persecuted Jewish citizens during the National Socialist era. Rather than looking at the role of high-ranking National Socialist functionaries, light will be cast on the work done by museum curators in the provinces, for example. One particular focus will be on persecuted groups that have received little attention to date. More details: Save the date: panel discussion and digital conference "Die Peripherie im Zentrum", 13-15 November 2022 …

Safe the Date: Herbstkonferenz 2022 (refer to: Save the date: panel discussion and digital conference "Die Peripherie im Zentrum", 13-15 November 2022)
2022.08.08

Continuation of German-Ukrainian data cooperation

On Monday, 8 August 2022, Mr. Igor Poronyk, Director of the Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art, visited the German Lost Art Foundation in Magdeburg. More details: Continuation of German-Ukrainian data cooperation …

Continuation of German-Ukrainian data cooperation (refer to: Continuation of German-Ukrainian data cooperation)
2022.08.03

Jewish Museum of Westphalia publishes brochure on provenance research project

The Jüdisches Museum Westfalen (Jewish Museum of Westphalia) has published a brochure on its provenance research project, which has been funded by the German Lost Art Foundation since May 2020 and is now complete. 60 pages in length, the brochure presents the results of one and a half years of scholarly work. More details: Jewish Museum of Westphalia publishes brochure on provenance research project …

Jewish Museum of Westphalia publishes brochure on provenance research project (refer to: Jewish Museum of Westphalia publishes brochure on provenance research project)
2022.07.29

Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein Gotha completes project to establish the provenance of 41 skulls from Indonesia

The foundation Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein Gotha has investigated the provenance of a total of 41 human skulls that were added to the ducal collection during the colonial period. The project Provenance and History of the Collection of Indonesian Skulls at Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein Gotha was funded by the German Lost Art Foundation. On the Indonesian side, the research was sponsored by the Institute for Dayak Studies-21 in Palangka Raya, southern Borneo. More details: Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein Gotha completes project to establish the provenance of 41 skulls from Indonesia …

Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein Gotha completes project to establish the provenance of 41 skulls from Indonesia (refer to: Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein Gotha completes project to establish the provenance of 41 skulls from Indonesia)
2022.07.25

German Lost Art Foundation supports project on works from Benin at the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt am Main

The German Lost Art Foundation is funding a six-month research project on works from the Kingdom of Benin (Nigeria) which are part of the collection at the Weltkulturen Museum (Museum of World Cultures) in Frankfurt. The aim of the project is to investigate the provenance of these objects in more detail and to reconstruct the circumstances of their acquisition. In particular, an attempt is being made to clarify whether any of the objects – and if so which ones – arrived in Europe as a result of the British “punitive expedition" in 1897, eventually ending up at what was then the Völkermuseum. More details: German Lost Art Foundation supports project on works from Benin at the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt am Main …

2022.07.19

Exhibition on the search for cultural property expropriated as a result of National Socialist persecution in the special collections at Hamburg State and University Library

Today, 19 July, the Hamburg State and University Library opens its exhibition Sehr erfreuliche Vermehrungen (“Very Gratifying Additions”) on the search for cultural property expropriated as a result of National Socialist persecution in the special collections at Hamburg State and University Library. The exhibition shows the initial results of an ongoing research project funded by the German Lost Art Foundation which is examining certain specific acquisitions made in the years 1933-45 to verify whether they are Nazi-looted assets. More details: Exhibition on the search for cultural property expropriated as a result of National Socialist persecution in the special collections at Hamburg State and University Library …

2022.07.18

Exhibition in Gießen "Zwischen Sammelwut & Forschungsdrang. Koloniale Kontexte in Gießen"

The special exhibition Zwischen Sammelwut & Forschungsdrang. Koloniale Kontexte in Gießen (“Between collection mania and the urge to research. Colonial Contexts in Gießen”) at Oberhessisches Museum Gießen provides insight into the project Provenances of Ethnographic Objects from Colonial Contexts in Central Hesse funded by the German Lost Art Foundation. More details: Exhibition in Gießen "Zwischen Sammelwut & Forschungsdrang. Koloniale Kontexte in Gießen" …

2022.07.14

German Lost Art Foundation supports the SKD project on cultural property losses during the GDR era

The German Lost Art Foundation is funding a basic research project that was launched in June 2022 at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections) (SKD). The SKD are investigating the museum association’s relations with foreign trade companies in the GDR. More details: German Lost Art Foundation supports the SKD project on cultural property losses during the GDR era …

2022.07.11

Sources from the art dealership Julius Böhler now accessible online via the database Böhler re:search

The database Böhler re:search – the digital edition of the archive of Munich art dealership Julius Böhler – can now be accessed online free of charge. The database provides information on the approximately 18,300 works of art traded by Böhler between 1903 and 1948 as well as on the nearly 9,900 actors involved in these transactions. Since Böhler was also active during the National Socialist era, this source material is of outstanding importance in the search for cultural objects seized as a result of National Socialist persecution. More details: Sources from the art dealership Julius Böhler now accessible online via the database Böhler re:search …

2022.07.08

New guide on dealing with human remains from colonial contexts

Many museums and universities hold skulls, skeletal parts and bones that were added to German collections during the colonial period. The appropriate handling of this sensitive material has been the subject of intense debate for some time. The origin of such human remains is often unclear, as they were usually excavated secretly, stolen or unfairly traded. The German Lost Art Foundation, the Berlin Medical History Museum of the Charité and ICOM Germany are now publishing a scholarly introduction to this topic in the form of a guide to interdisciplinary provenance research into human remains from colonial contexts. As a key factor in working with descendants, provenance research can and should lead to the repatriation and burial or reburial of human remains. More details: New guide on dealing with human remains from colonial contexts …