Website of the German Lost Art Foundation


Central Office

The project is managed by Dr. Andrea Baresel-Brand. The team (PDF, 59 KB) at the project’s central office consists of six employees, three of whom are employed on a part-time basis. The team is based at the headquarters of the former ‘Schwabing Art Trove’ Taskforce in Berlin.


The research into the provenance of the artworks and the analysis of the written documents from the Gurlitt estate are undertaken by about twenty scholars and experts (PDF, 59 KB) working on a contractual basis. The provenance researchers are obligated to report on the progress of their work at specified intervals (Interim Reports).

The Free State of Bavaria has provided a full-time historian to support the investigation of the written materials.

Review experts

Respected experts (PDF, 24 KB) working on a voluntary basis from Israel, France, USA, Germany and Austria examine the provenance reports submitted by the researchers to assess their plausibility and ensure that established research methods have been applied. It is crucial to incorporate the interests of the victims of Nazi persecution as well as an international perspective when evaluating the results of the project’s research.


The partnerships initiated by the Taskforce with the French Commission for the Compensation of Victims of Spoliation (C.I.V.S.), Yad Vashem, the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte and the Institut für Zeitgeschichte in Munich have been continued.