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* (refer to: Save the Date: Virtual Autumn Conference of the German Lost Art Foundation from November 17 to 19, 2021)
Date 2021.08.09

Save the Date: Virtual Autumn Conference of the German Lost Art Foundation from November 17 to 19, 2021

The conference, "The Long History of Claims for the Return of Cultural Heritage from Colonial Contexts," will be held from November 17-19, 2021 as a virtual conference in cooperation with the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation and The Research Center for Material Culture of the National Museum of World Cultures, the Netherlands. More details: Save the Date: Virtual Autumn Conference of the German Lost Art Foundation from November 17 to 19, 2021 …

Altakten und Inventarverzeichnisse, Altaktenarchiv Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg (refer to: Jewish Museum of Westphalia opens exhibition on provenance research)
Date 2021.05.28

Jewish Museum of Westphalia opens exhibition on provenance research

The Jewish Museum of Westphalia will open an exhibition on provenance research titled "In Search of Lost Identity" on June 27. More details: Jewish Museum of Westphalia opens exhibition on provenance research …

* (refer to: Institute for Classical Archaeology at the University of Erlangen examines objects from the Collection of Classical Antiquities)
Date 2021.05.28

Institute for Classical Archaeology at the University of Erlangen examines objects from the Collection of Classical Antiquities

Attic ceramic fragments and other ancient objects are the focus of a provenance research project that has begun at the Institute of Classical Archaeology at the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and is funded by the German Lost Art Foundation. In the course of another research project, it had come to light that many of the red-figure clay shards from the local antiquities collection had been purchased in 1939 by a private Munich collection called "Dehn," which had hitherto been unknown to researchers. More details: Institute for Classical Archaeology at the University of Erlangen examines objects from the Collection of Classical Antiquities …

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Date 2021.11.17

“Dealing with our own colonial past”: The German Lost Art Foundation hosts the digital autumn conference “The Long History of Claims for the Return of Cultural Heritage from Colonial Contexts”

The debate around the return of cultural goods to former colonial regions is highly topical – and at the same time much older than most assume. In the digital autumn conference “The Long History of Claims for the Return of Cultural Heritage from Colonial Contexts” from 17 to 19 November 2021 in cooperation with Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz and the Research Center for Material Culture of the National Museum of World Cultures, the Netherlands, the German Lost Art Foundation investigates the long history of claims for restitution of cultural goods and human remains from colonised countries. More: “Dealing with our own colonial past”: The German Lost Art Foundation hosts the digital autumn conference “The Long History of Claims for the Return of Cultural Heritage from Colonial Contexts” …

Date 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: 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 …