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PRESS CONFERENCE on March 7: Unprecedented public/private partnership for provenance research: Collaborative search for confiscated works from the Rudolf Mosse Collection

For the first time, descendants of victims of Nazi persecution and German public institutions join forces to explore the whereabouts of Nazi-confiscated art

№ 037/2017 from Feb 24, 2017

EMBARGO / VESTING PERIOD: March 7, 13:00 p.m.

The collection of Berlin publisher, art collector, and philanthropist Rudolf Mosse (1843–1920) consisted of thousands of paintings, sculptures, arts and crafts, books and antiquities. The heirs of the German-Jewish publisher – one of the most influential figures of the Berlin business community during the German Empire and the beginning of the Weimar Republic – and researchers at Freie Universität will search for the art works expropriated by the National Socialists. The Mosse family, publishers of the Berliner Tageblatt, a leading progressive voice, were forced to flee Germany. This is an unprecedented public/private partnership for provenance research. Participants in the Mosse Art Research Initiative (MARI) are the Kulturstiftung der Länder, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, the Foundation of the Jewish Museum Berlin, the State Archives of Berlin (Landesarchiv), and numerous other institutions in Germany. The project is being funded by the German Center for Cultural Heritage in Magdeburg and the Mosse Art Restitution Project.

We are happy to invite you to a

Press Conference

on March 7, 2017, 11 a.m.

Landesvertretung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Ministergärten 3

10117 Berlin (U- / S-Bhf. Potsdamer Platz)

RSVP by March 2 (11.00 GMT) to presse@fu-berlin.de , subject "Mosse-Projekt"

Panelists at the press conference:

  • Dr. Meike Hoffmann, “Degenerate Art” Research Center, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Krüger, Art History Department, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Hermann Parzinger, President, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, General Secretary, Kulturstiftung der Länder
  • Prof. Dr. Uwe M. Schneede, Honorary Board, Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste, Magdeburg
  • Roger Strauch on behalf of the Mosse Foundation and the Mosse Art Restitution Project

The event will be translated simultaneously (German <=> English).