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Arbeitsstelle für Provenienzforschung (Bureau for Provenance Research)

The main objective of the Arbeitsstelle für Provenienzforschung (Bureau for Provenance Research) at the SMB’s Institut für Museumsforschung is to support museums, libraries, archives and any other state-funded institutions that preserve cultural assets in the Federal Republic of Germany with the identification of works in their collections and holdings that were seized from their lawful owners during the Nazi period.

The Federal German Commissioners for Culture and the Media have allocated two million euros per year from their annual budget to help finance this provenance research. The Bureau für Provenienzforschung is responsible for managing and distributing these funds. The awarding of funds to specific applicants is largely decided by the Advisory Board of the Arbeitsstelle für Provenienzforschung, which comprises representatives from government and the cultural sector as well as experts in history and the history of art.

Further goals of the Bureau are to foster the ongoing development of a network between people and institutions who are working in the area of provenance research and to encourage the exchange of knowledge and experience.

Additional information can be found at the website of the Bureau für Provenienzforschung


Arbeitsstelle für Provenienzforschung
Geschwister-Scholl-Strasse 6

10117 Berlin

Head Office:
Bodestraße 1–3
10178 Berlin


The Bureau is located in the south wing of the Pergamonmuseum.
Tel.: 0049 (0)30 /
Fax: 0049 (0)30 /

Director: Dr. Uwe Hartmann