STIP: Provenienzforschung fuer Museen (PREP), Dresden/Washington, 2019

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen in Dresden/Smithsonian Institution in Washington, 01.01. – 31.12.2019

Application deadline: Sep 28, 2018

Deutsch-Amerikanisches Austauschprogramm zur Provenienzforschung für Museen (PREP), 2019

Das deutsch-amerikanische Austauschprogramm PREP wurde von der Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz und der Smithsonian Institution eingerichtet. Ziel ist die systematische Vernetzung der Provenienzforscher in Museen beider Länder.

PREP steht für German/American Provenance Research Exchange Program for Museum Professionals. Das deutsch-amerikanische Austauschprogramm wendet sich an Museumsfachleute aus Deutschland und den USA, die mit Provenienzforschung und der Erforschung des nationalsozialistischen Kunstraubs befasst sind. Vorrangiges Ziel ist der Aufbau eines professionellen Netzwerkes. Thematisch wird das Programm verstärkt asiatische Kunst, Kunstgewerbe sowie Grafik/Arbeiten auf Papier einbeziehen und so den Rahmen der bisherigen Provenienzforschung zur NS-Zeit erweitern. Continue reading “STIP: Provenienzforschung fuer Museen (PREP), Dresden/Washington, 2019”

GRI Public Program: Provenance Research – A Personal Concern (Los Angeles, March 1, 2018)

The Getty Research Institute will host a public program, Provenance Research – A Personal Concern,  in conjunction with the 3rd exchange of the German/American Provenance Research Exchange Program (PREP) for Museum Professionals on Thursday, March 1st. GRI Director Thomas W. Gaehtgens will join Stephanie Barron (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Simon Goodman (author of The Orpheus Clock), and James Welu (Director Emeritus of the Worcester Art Museum) to discuss their motivations for and experiences with conducting provenance research.

Tickets can be reserved here.
A video of the program will be available on The Getty website in the weeks following the event.

From February 25th – March 2nd The Getty Research Institute will host 26 German and American experts in art museum provenance for a week of discussions and workshops on methodologies of WWII-era research in museums, archives, and research institutions.  The PREP Exchanges are designed to increase mutual understanding of the academic, legal, museological, and cultural/historical systems which determine the research practices in both countries.


The Met Hosts Inaugural Exchange of Pioneering Provenance Research Program

The first German/American Provenance Research Exchange Program (PREP), which brings together museum and research-institute professionals from both countries who specialize in Holocaust-era provenance projects, was hosted by The Met February 6 to 10. Among the program’s highlights was a panel discussion on February 10 that was open to the public and introduced by Director Thomas Campbell. Panelists included The Met’s Sharon Cott, Senior Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel, and other figures who support provenance research.

PREP is a pioneering three-year program that gathers 21 German and American grant recipients, the Steering Committee members, and guest speakers twice a year to compare methodologies, ascertain resources, and network among experts. The week-long program at The Met was the first of six systematic exchanges; it will be followed by Berlin in the fall, Los Angeles and Munich in 2018, and Washington, D.C., and Dresden in 2019. Christel Force, Associate Research Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, is on the Steering Committee and worked with Rebecca Noonan Murray, Special Counsel, Office of the Senior Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel, to host the group here at The Met.

PREP is organized by the Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative, Washington, D.C., and the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin, and four partner institutions: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; the Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden; and the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich. The new Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste, Magdeburg, is a consultative participant in the program.

PREP New York’s concluding panel discussion, titled “German/ American Exchange on Nazi-Era Provenance Research: A Discussion with Museum Leaders,” was held in the Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall. In addition to Sharon, the speakers were Lynn Nicholas, independent scholar and author of The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War; Hermann Parzinger, President, Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin; Richard Kurin, Acting Provost and Under Secretary for Museums and Research, Smithsonian Institution,  Washington, D.C.; and Thomas W. Gaehtgens, Director, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

Major support for PREP comes from the German Program for Transatlantic Encounters, financed by the European Recovery Program, and the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

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RE-POST: German-American Exchange Program for Provenance Research, 2017-2019

Apply before November 18: PREP German-American Exchange Program for Provenance Research, 2017-2019

Applications for the Provenance Research Exchange Program (PREP) in 2017 are now open until 18 November 2016. In order to access the application form, prospective applicants first need to register via the Smithsonian Online Application Platform SOLAA.

Information for Applicants PDF : prep-call-for-applications-2016

For questions about the German/American Provenance Research Exchange Program or the application process, please contact Smithsonian Institution Provenance Research Initiative ( or the German project coordinators at the Zentralarchiv of the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin (

Source : ZIKG (accessed 19 Oct, 2016) and (accessed 20 Oct, 2016)