German-American Provenance Research Exchange Program (PREP) for Museum Professionals, 2017–2019

The German-American exchange program PREP was established by the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz and the Smithsonian Institution to foster the formation of networks between provenance researchers in both countries. 

PREP stands for German-American Provenance Research Exchange Program for Museum Professionals. The program is geared towards museum professionals from Germany and the United States involved in provenance research, particularly as it applies to Holocaust-era art looting during WWII-era. The primary goal is the establishment of a professional network. Thematically, the program will include an increased focus on Asian art, applied arts, and prints and other works on paper, thus expanding the scope of previous WWII-era provenance research. PREP is primarily funded by the German Program for Transatlantic Encounters, and also by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

Who can participate in PREP?

The program is addressed to professionals working in museums and research institutions, above all scholars, curators, and provenance researchers, but also archivists, attorneys, and digital humanities specialists. Doctoral students and curatorial assistants are also invited to take part in the exchange program.

Project structure

Along with the organizers, the Smithsonian Institution and the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz/Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, a group of partners also support PREP. These include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte Munich. The Deutsche Zentrum Kulturgutverluste (DZK) serves in an advisory capacity.

From 2017 to 2019 these partners will organize six week-long conferences in their respective cities including workshops, tours, and public events (New York – Berlin in 2017; Los Angeles – Munich in 2018; Washington DC – Dresden in 2019). At each conference PREP will offer a public program providing information on provenance research in German and American museums. In 2018  the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles  (February 26 – March 2, 2018) and the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte Munich (October 8 – 12, 2018) will organize this program.

Information for applicants

The application form for the exchange program can be found on the Smithsonian Institution’s website. Applications for 2018 should be submitted by September 15, 2017. In order to access the application form, prospective applicants first need to register via the Smithsonian Online Application Platform SOLAA.

The application is listed under the "Office of the Undersecretary for History, Art and Culture." The application is called "German/American Provenance Research Exchange Program (PREP)."

You can save your changes and return to the application at any time before you submit it. Please submit your application only after it is complete.

Applicants will be notified of their status November 10, 2017.

Details on selection criteria and the application process, please download the guidelines "PREP: Information for applicants / Informationen für Bewerber".

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 (State Museums Berlin).