Research Project Reich Chamber of Culture


The Foundation supports a historical research project on the role of the Reich Chamber of Culture in the suppression of disagreeable artists during the Nazi era.

The project was provided with documents from the archive fund of the artist Erwin Bowien, who was banned from exhibiting during the Nazi era and whose works were confiscated at the behest of the Reich Chamber of Culture.


Lost Art - Provenance Research


Numerous paintings and works by the artist Erwin Bowien - including important works in his oeuvre - have been lost to this day.

Many paintings were lost, especially in the confusion of the Second World War. Paintings by the artist Erwin Bowien were confiscated by the Gestapo in 1943 and 1944 on the orders of the Reich Chamber of Culture - which had previously declared an exhibition ban. An extensive collection of paintings, which the artist had been forced to leave behind in the Netherlands during his flight in 1942, also remain missing. Paintings by the artist also disappeared in the post-war period. In 2006, for example, a collection of paintings by Erwin Bowien was purposefully stolen during a robbery in Solingen. These paintings remain missing to this day. The Foundation has now set itself the goal of assisting in locating the lost and stolen paintings and restituting them to their rightful owners. It supports provenance research and all measures that could lead to the identification and restitution of the works.

 Erwin Bowien (1899-1972) - Night Portrait - Portrait of Erna Heinen-Steinhoff with Hanns Heinen, 1930 - this picture has been lost since a robbery in 2006.
Erwin Bowien (1899-1972) - Night Portrait - Portrait of Erna Heinen-Steinhoff with Hanns Heinen, 1930 - this picture has been lost since a robbery in 2006.

Contact

Dr. Haroun Ayech
Vorsitzender des Vorstands
+49 (0) 151 42 22 11 42

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Civil Law

Stiftung bürgerlichen Rechts

Stiftungsaufsicht der Bezirksregierung Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen


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