Website of the German Lost Art Foundation

Chronology

2017 Succeeding Prof. Dr. Uwe M. Schneede, Prof. Dr. Gilbert Lupfer is appointed as the new honorary executive board.

2016 The German Lost Art Foundation is responsible for overseeing the “Gurlitt Provenance Research” project

2015 The German Lost Art Foundation (Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste) is founded on 1 January as a foundation under civil law; its registered office is in Magdeburg. Dr. Günter Winands (department head at the The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media) and Dirk Nebel (department head at the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs of Saxony-Anhalt) form the founding chair. Afterwards, Rüdiger Hütte and Prof. Dr. Uwe M. Schneede were appointed as the executive board.

2010 The Coordination Office for Lost Cultural Assets in Magdeburg takes on the technical administration of the www.kulturgutschutz-deutschland.de website and of the Database of Cultural Property of National Significance

2008 The Coordination Office for Provenance Research at the Institute for Museum Research of the Berlin State Museums, Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, is established, primarily for the purpose of awarding funding to support provenance research; the Scientific Advisory Board at the Coordination Office for Provenance Research headed by Prof Dr Uwe M. Schneede is established

2007 Revision of the Guidelines (PDF, 297 KB) for implementing the Statement by the Federal Government, the Länder and the national associations of local authorities on the tracing and return of Nazi-confiscated art, especially Jewish property

2003 The independent Advisory Commission on the return of cultural property seized as a result of Nazi persecution, especially Jewish property (known as the “Limbach Commission”) is established

2001 Adoption of the Guidelines for implementing the Statement by the Federal Government, the Länder and the national associations of local authorities on the tracing and return of Nazi-confiscated art, especially Jewish property

2000 Launch of the Lost Art Internet Database (www.lostart.de)

1999 Adoption of the Joint Declaration by the Federal Government, the Länder and the national associations of local authorities regarding the tracing and return of Nazi-looted art, especially Jewish property (Joint Declaration)

1998 The Coordination Office relocates to Magdeburg and becomes Germany’s central service facility for lost art; from 2001 it is funded equally by the Federation and all the Länder (attached to the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs of Saxony); adoption of the Washington Principles

1994 The Coordination Office of the Länder for the Return of Cultural Property (Koordinierungs-stelle der Länder für die Rückführung von Kulturgütern) is established in Bremen (funded by Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia)