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The inter­na­tio­nal Arbeits­kreis for Pro­ve­ni­enz­for­schung e.V. (Rese­arch Asso­cia­ti­on for Pro­ven­an­ce Rese­arch) is a non­pro­fit mem­bers­hip orga­niz­a­ti­on for the pro­mo­ti­on of pro­ven­an­ce rese­arch in all its inter­di­sci­pli­na­ry varie­ty. As the lar­gest orga­niz­a­ti­on of pro­fes­sio­nal pro­ven­an­ce rese­ar­chers in the world, the Arbeits­kreis advo­ca­tes the enhan­ce­ment and sus­taina­bi­li­ty of its discipline.

The Arbeits­kreis now has more than 400 mem­bers from the fiel­ds of art histo­ry, histo­ry and con­tem­pora­ry histo­ry, lin­gu­is­tics and lite­ra­tu­re, archaeo­lo­gy, eth­no­lo­gy, and law. They work in muse­ums, in the public sec­tor, in the art mar­ket, at uni­ver­si­ties, or as inde­pen­dent rese­ar­chers in Ger­ma­ny, the United King­dom, the Nether­lands, Fran­ce, Aus­tria, Switz­er­land, or the USA. In order to fos­ter direct per­so­nal and pro­fes­sio­nal exchan­ge, the Arbeits­kreis holds one gene­ral assem­bly per year, usual­ly in Novem­ber, and par­ti­ci­pa­tes in various other events. Several working groups faci­li­ta­te accessa­bi­li­ty of archi­val sources or deve­lop pro­fes­sio­nal stan­dards, and aid in the pur­su­it of scholarship.

The Arbeits­kreis main­tains a lively exchan­ge with rele­vant poli­ti­cal and cul­tu­ral insti­tu­ti­ons such as the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­ti­on (DZK), the Deut­scher Muse­ums­bund, ICOM Ger­ma­ny, the Kul­tur­stif­tung der Län­der, or the Öster­rei­chi­sche Kom­mis­si­on für Pro­ve­ni­enz­for­schung. It con­si­ders pro­ven­an­ce rese­arch an inte­gral part of the four basic tasks of muse­ums: to collect, to rese­arch, to pre­ser­ve, and to share know­ledge. The asso­cia­ti­on pro­mo­tes the sys­te­ma­tic rese­arch of muse­al collec­tions by streng­t­he­ning the pro­fes­sio­nal posi­ti­on of its mem­bers wit­hin their insti­tu­ti­ons. It spe­ci­fi­cal­ly focu­ses on the estab­lish­ment of per­ma­nent positions.

The­re­fo­re, the Arbeits­kreis advo­ca­tes a sys­te­ma­tic and per­ma­nent inte­gra­ti­on of pro­ven­an­ce rese­arch into muse­ums, libra­ries, archi­ves, the art mar­ket, and aca­de­mic research.