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Date 2021.05.10

New issue of "Provenienz & Forschung" published

The German Lost Art Foundation has published a new issue of the periodical "Provenienz & Forschung". Issue 1|2021 is about the topic "Libraries". More details: New issue of "Provenienz & Forschung" published …

Freya Paschen (1973 – 2021) (refer to: The German Lost Art Foundation mourns the death of Freya Paschen (1973 – 2021))
Date 2021.05.05

The German Lost Art Foundation mourns the death of Freya Paschen (1973 – 2021)

Deeply saddened, the Ex­ec­u­tive Board, staff and employees of the German Lost Art Foundation bid farewell to their colleague Freya Paschen, who passed away in Storkow (Mark) on April 23, 2021 at the age of 48. More details: The German Lost Art Foundation mourns the death of Freya Paschen (1973 – 2021) …

Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy was honored for her excellent scholarly contributions to a transnational history of modern art. (refer to: Prof. Bénédicte Savoy receives Carl Friedrich Gauss Medal)
Date 2021.05.03

Prof. Bénédicte Savoy receives Carl Friedrich Gauss Medal

The art historian Prof. Bénédicte Savoy has received the Carl Friedrich Gauss Medal 2021 of the Braunschweig Scientific Society (BWG). During a virtual ceremony last Friday, Savoy was honored for her excellent scholarly contributions to a transnational history of modern art. The Carl Friedrich Gauss Medal is awarded once a year for outstanding scholarly achievement. More details: Prof. Bénédicte Savoy receives Carl Friedrich Gauss Medal …

Press Releases

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 …

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