Panel recommends dissolution of ‘dysfunctional’ Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation

The foundation oversees the museums on Berlin's Museum Island © Fionn Grosse

A panel of academic advisors to the government has proposed dissolving the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, the organisation that oversees 15 Berlin museum collections as well as archives, libraries and research institutes, the weekly newspaper Die Zeit reported.

The panels report on the future of the foundation, commissioned in 2018 by Culture Minister Monika Grütters, is to be presented to the public on 13 July. Die Zeit, which had obtained advance information on the 300-page report, said the panel describes the foundation as “dysfunctional” and “structurally overwhelmed.”

A spokeswoman for the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation declined to comment on the report before its official release.

Die Zeit reported that the panel found that the foundation stifles progress in the institutions it oversees, which include the museums on Museum Island, the Hamburger Bahnhof, the Neue Nationalgalerie and the Gemäldegalerie. It proposes creating four separate foundations with separate management: one to oversee the Berlin state museums, one for the Staatsbibliothek (State Library), another for the Geheime Staatsarchiv (SecretRead More – Source