National Fund Art Database
On 17 October 2006 the National Fund launched an Art Database at http://www.kunstrestitution.at/ in German. An English version of the Art Database was launched on 3 July 2007 at http://www.artrestitution.at/. The Art Database provides detailed information and images of “heirless” objects of art and objects of cultural value which are likely to have been expropriated in Austria during National Socialism and which then became public property.
The Art Database is designed to enable victims of National Socialist art theft worldwide to search the museums and collections of the
Where identification does result in specific claims, claimants are referred to the Commission for Provenance Research at the Federal Office of Historical Monuments (Bundesdenkmalamt) where their claims are processed. The National Fund also assists the Commission for Provenance Research by searching for heirs in its databases and asking them to contact the Commission.
The 1998 Federal Act on the Restitution of Artworks from
Further information on the National Fund and application forms and details are available in German and English on the National Fund's website. The National Fund also administers the General Settlement Fund for Victims of National Socialism (Allgemeiner Entschädigungsfonds für Opfer des Nationalsozialismus) set up in 2001.
Dr. Karl-Renner-Ring 3
Tel: +43 (0)1 408 12 63
Fax: +43 (0)1 408 03 89
Art Database www.artrestitution.at
National Fund www.en.nationalfonds.org
National Fund Press Release Art Database 4 July 2007 (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)