German/American Provenance Research Exchange Program for Museum Professionals
(PREP) – PUBLIC PROGRAM IN MUNICH
Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, München, October 8 – 12, 2018
PREP brings together, for the first time, museum professionals from Germany and the United States who specialize in World War II-era provenance projects for a 3-year systematic exchange of methods and practices with which both countries have approached the issues pertaining to Holocaust-era art looting. Through its rapidly-expanding research network, support of technological advances to record and share data, and mentoring a new generation of provenance researchers, PREP facilitates and speeds up this research. It also widens the scope of WWII-era provenance research, which to date has prioritized painting, sculpture, and Judaica, by including Asian art, decorative arts, antiquities, and works on paper.
PREP is primarily funded by the German Program for Transatlantic Encounters, and by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Smithsonian Women’s Committee. Co-organized by the Smithsonian Institution and the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz/Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, PREP’s partners are The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte Munich. The Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste (German Lost Art Foundation) is an advisory consultant.