Website of the German Lost Art Foundation


In ac­cor­dance with the agree­ments be­tween the Fed­er­al gov­ern­ment, the Free State of Bavaria and Kun­st­mu­se­um Bern, the works are as­signed to one of three cat­e­gories de­pend­ing on the re­sult of the re­search:

  • A work has been proven to be, or is high­ly like­ly to be, Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty (red cat­e­go­ry)
  • The prove­nance is not en­tire­ly clear for the pe­ri­od 1933–1945 and there are gaps in prove­nance (yel­low cat­e­go­ry)
  • A work has not been proven to be, or is high­ly un­like­ly to be, Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty (green cat­e­go­ry)

The fol­low­ing steps were tak­en through­out the project in or­der to en­able the above cat­e­go­riza­tion:

  1. List­ing in an in­ven­to­ry and doc­u­men­ta­tion
  2. Ba­sic check (cre­ation of an Ob­ject Record) (PDF, 324 KB)
  3. Es­tab­lish­ing the iden­ti­ty of the work
  4. Prove­nance re­search by ex­ter­nal prove­nance re­searchers (PDF, 228 KB) and cre­ation of a re­search re­port
  5. Ap­proval of re­search re­port by project man­age­ment
  6. In­spec­tion of re­search re­port by in­de­pen­dent, vol­un­tary re­view ex­perts (PDF, 69 KB)
  7. Cre­ation of a clo­sure note
  8. Ap­proval of clo­sure note by the project body’s man­ag­ing board
  9. Cat­e­go­riza­tion in ac­cor­dance with the agree­ment
  10. Cre­ation of an Ob­ject Record Ex­cerpt (ORE): a sum­ma­ry of the defini­tive re­search re­sults

The cur­rent sta­tus of the fi­nal tasks can be viewed un­der the head­ing: Re­sults.