Photos and auction catalogs from the 1910s in the Getty Research Institute's provenance research holdings

Provenance Research—A Personal Concern


Museum Lecture Hall

Tracing the history of an artwork's ownership can take place in a variety of contexts: in museums, as part of an object's documentation or for use in an exhibition; privately, to write and understand one's family history; or, legally, in an effort to establish rightful ownership in the wake of Nazi-era dispossessions and thefts.

Getty Research Institute's Thomas W. Gaehtgens is joined by 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) for a conversation about their motivations for and experiences with conducting provenance research.

Collaboration and Support
The German/American Provenance Exchange Program (PREP) for Museum Professionals, 2017–2019, is a collaboration between seven partner institutions: co-organizers Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative and Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz/Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Getty Research Institute, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte Munich, and Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste.

Major PREP support comes from the German Program for Transatlantic Encounters, financed by the European Recovery Program through Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and its Commissioner for Culture and the Media, with additional support from the Smithsonian Women's Committee, James P. Hayes, and Suzanne and Norman Cohn.

An assortment of concessions will be available for purchase outside the Museum Lecture Hall prior to the event. Please note that food and drink are not permitted inside the lecture hall.

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