Professorship for Provenance Studies

Research and teaching at the Professorship for Provenance Studies cover the areas of provenance, restitution, and critical museum and art market studies. In addition to examining the past, present, and future of provenance and its production, the professorship focuses primarily on the institutional frameworks in which art is collected and exhibited. Here, we are particularly interested in the role of museums in the acquisition, archiving, display, and circulation of objects. To answer these questions, we also use digital tools and explore their relevance for provenance research and art history.  

To further the understanding of the discursive and theoretical landscape related to the circulation of artworks, we critically engage with contemporary debates. Our art and cultural history perspective is equally informed by legal, sociological, and economic considerations. Here, we pay special attention to the exploration of contexts of injustice (national socialism, colonialism). We also investigate art market aspects from critical lenses, such as forgery, corruption, and discrimination.

An essential component of our teaching is the inclusion of concrete projects, such as the Provenance Lab and its experimental research. At the same time, our teaching aims to provide practical experiences through field trips to museums or exhibitions and exchanges with curators, provenance researchers, and art market actors.



  • Prof. Dr. Lynn Rother

Research associates

  • Dr. Max Koss
  • Fabio Mariani

Research assistants

Liza Weber M.A.

Secretariat for general information

  • Astrid Oden

Financial Administration

  • Stephanie Braune