Harper Government Invests in Research on Holocaust-Era Artworks
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, on behalf of the
Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official
Languages, today announced funding of almost
Canadian museums to contribute to a key international research effort
on the provenance of Holocaust-era works of art.
The theft and displacement of art and other cultural property occurred
on an unprecedented scale in the context of the Second World War. In
partnership with six Canadian museums, the Canadian
best-practice guidelines to help the Canadian museum community address
the issue of Nazi-looted art. The project will also raise the
international profile of
“Our Government has undertaken a range of efforts to identify and
facilitate the return of Nazi- confiscated art,” said Minister Moore.
“The Department of Canadian Heritage, its portfolio agencies, and the
Canadian museum community are working together to advance provenance
research, and a number of looted artworks have already been returned
from Canadian collections.”
The implementation of this project coincides with the beginning of
Alliance, under the leadership of the Minister of Citizenship,
Immigration and Multiculturalism and Chairman Dr.
International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance is comprised of 31 member
countries committed to Holocaust education, remembrance, and
research–both nationally and internationally.
“Our Government is proud to support projects that enable Canadian
museums and art galleries to further their research on the provenance
of art. It is an important initiative for researchers and heirs around
the world who are trying to identify and locate artworks and other
cultural artifacts displaced during the Holocaust,” said Minister
Kenney during a conference at
Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.
“The Canadian Art Museum Directors’ Organization believes that
empowering the museum community by providing best-practice guidelines
will give institutions the tools needed to further advance provenance
research on relevant works,” said Dr.
Canadian Art Museum Directors’ Organization. “With the support of the
will develop their professional expertise and contribute to the
international call for transparency, justice and closure, in one of the
most sordid chapters of 20(th) century history.”
The Government of
project through the Collections Management component of the Museums Assistance Program. This Department of Canadian Heritage program provides funding to
Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster
excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the
treasures of our collective heritage.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage