Website of the German Lost Art Foundation


Cen­tral Of­fice

The project is man­aged by Dr. An­drea Bare­sel-Brand. The team (PDF, 72 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, 72 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.