The Foundation’s Databases

The German Lost Art Foundation runs two databases that are continuously updated and maintained. Both are important tools for scholars and for provenance research as a whole, but they are also intended for use by those with political responsibility, members of the art trade and the interested public. The aim is to enable people to make use of data and research findings, document the seizure of cultural property and collections as a result of persecution and not least create a basis for the return of cultural property to those from whom they were once taken.

Screenshot from Lost Art Database website
Lost Art
The Lost Art Database lists cultural property that was seized from Jewish citizens between 1933 and 1945 (“Nazi-looted cultural property”). It also contains reports on cultural goods displaced as a result of the Second World War. The Lost Art database went online in the year 2000 with the aim of bringing together seekers and finders. Since then it has frequently been able to contribute to the return of previously seized items of cultural property to their rightful owners or the latters’ descendants, or else to other just and fair solutions.
Screenshot from the research database Proveana
Proveana is the German Lost Art Foundation’s database for provenance research. It is mainly dedicated to presenting the outcomes of the research projects funded by the Foundation for the public at large. Established in 2020, Proveana includes such elements as various thematic focus areas, literature references, a list of exhibitions on provenance research and a glossary.