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2021.05.25

German Lost Art Foundation approves approximately 2.8 million Euros for 31 provenance research projects in the area of "Nazi-looted art" in the first round of funding in 2021

He was considered a close friend of Hitler, was very well connected in the Nazi state – and founder of today's German Hunting and Fishing Museum in Munich. Christian Weber, known as the "Tyrant of Munich," had initiated the founding of the "German Hunting Museum" in 1938 and ensured that the collection grew conspicuously, especially during the war years: through business trips to occupied France, through contacts with art dealers, but above all through his connections to high-ranking Nazi officials or the Gestapo. A provenance research project funded by the German Lost Art Foundation aims to clarify whether and which works of art and objects from the museum collection were looted or extorted, and how Weber personally enriched himself in the process. Some objects have already been identified as looted property from the possession of Jewish collectors, and 156 are currently considered to be possibly contaminated. The project in Munich is one of 31 research projects in the field of Nazi-looted art that will be financially supported by the German Lost Art Foundation in Magdeburg in the first round of funding in 2021. On the recommendation of its advisory board, the board of the German Lost Art Foundation has approved around 2.8 million Euros for provenance research at museums, libraries, academic institutions and for six private applicants in this first round of applications in 2021. More details: German Lost Art Foundation approves approximately 2.8 million Euros for 31 provenance research projects in the area of "Nazi-looted art" in the first round of funding in 2021 …

2021.05.14

German Lost Art Foundation approves around 685,000 Euros for five research projects on colonial contexts in the first application round 2021

During the colonial period, objects from all over the world arrived in Germany. Even today, cultural objects from former colonial regions are still in museums or university collections – it is often unclear whether they were exchanged, bought or looted. In addition, there are also human remains in the institutions that were brought to Europe, for example, for the purpose of anthropological so-called "racial research." In order to clarify where and under what circumstances the objects and human remains came into German collections, the board of the German Lost Art Foundation in Magdeburg has now approved five research applications in the area of "Colonial Contexts" in the first application round 2021 on the recommendation of its funding advisory board and granted a total of 684,493 Euros in funding. Three of the projects were newly applied for, and two already underway will be extended. More details: German Lost Art Foundation approves around 685,000 Euros for five research projects on colonial contexts in the first application round 2021 …

2021.05.12

Also possible at short notice: German Lost Art Foundation awards funds for research on Benin bronzes

The discussion about the return of the so-called Benin bronzes to Nigeria does not only affect large institutions such as the Humboldt Forum – smaller institutions in Germany also own cultural objects from Benin that may date back to seizures and looting at the Royal Palace in Benin City in 1897. In order to enable smaller museums to identify such objects in their holdings, the German Lost Art Foundation would like to encourage them to apply for short-term research grants from its funds. The Foundation can provide up to 25,000 Euros for a project duration of up to six months for provenance research on individual objects or smaller groups of objects. More details: Also possible at short notice: German Lost Art Foundation awards funds for research on Benin bronzes …

2021.01.21

More money for provenance research: The German Lost Art Foundation expands its research funding

In 2021, the German Lost Art Foundation will receive a total of 1.5 million Euros more than last year. The additional funds will be provided by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Prof. Monika Grütters. This will enable the foundation to again increase its funding for research into unlawfully seized cultural property in 2021, with funding for the investigation of looted Nazi property continuing to account for by far the largest share, now a good 5 million Euros. More details: More money for provenance research: The German Lost Art Foundation expands its research funding …

2020.11.30

The German Lost Art Foundation is organizing the digital fall conference "VEB Kunst – Kulturgutentziehung und Handel in der DDR" (VEB art – cultural property confiscation and trade in the GDR)

Thirty years after German unification, the GDR may be a thing of the past, but the process of coming to terms with its history is far from complete. With the digital conference "VEB Kunst – Kulturgutentzug und Handel in der DDR" on November 30, 2020, the German Lost Art Foundation is shedding light on a field in provenance research that has so far been little discussed in public: the domestic and foreign trade in art and antiquities on the territory of the former GDR between 1945 and 1990. More details: The German Lost Art Foundation is organizing the digital fall conference "VEB Kunst – Kulturgutentziehung und Handel in der DDR" (VEB art – cultural property confiscation and trade in the GDR) …

2020.11.12

 German Lost Art Foundation approves approximately 1.97 million Euros for 25 provenance research projects in the area of "Nazi-looted art" in the second round of funding in 2020

The board of the German Lost Art Foundation, on the recommendation of its " Nazi-looted art " funding advisory board, has approved around 1.97 million Euros in funding for the second application round in 2020 (application deadline: June 1) for provenance research at museums, libraries, academic institutions and for three private individuals. More details:  German Lost Art Foundation approves approximately 1.97 million Euros for 25 provenance research projects in the area of "Nazi-looted art" in the second round of funding in 2020 …