Provenance Research

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MK&G) supports all efforts to find out the truth concerning acquisitions made in the past in accordance with the 1998 Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets. Where the assets concerned are identified beyond reasonable doubt and the evidence of their origin is unambiguous, it is clear that there must be a return of or compensation for cultural artefacts whose provenance can unequivocally be assigned to the categories of confiscated or looted art. This also holds true for acquisitions of property formerly belonging to Jewish citizens where the circumstances of its sale must be regarded as being a result of their persecution under the Nazis. The MKG has actively pursued a policy of research into the provenance of such assets since May 2010. The personnel needed for this is funded by the Deutsche Zentrum Kulturgutverluste in Magdeburg.

MK&G's exhibition series Looted Art? Provenance Research on the Collections of the MK&G is an integral part of the visitor’s tour of the museum.