Working grant - Kunstjagd - The Hunt for the Jewish Mona Lisa
When the Engelberg family congregates these days in the living room of their grandfather Edward’s house in Portland, Oregon, they sit together and admire a painting that they fondly call "our Mona Lisa". The portrait depicts a woman holding a book. It has a sister painting, similar but not an exact copy. However, this second painting does not grace Edward Engelberg’s living room wall. It never has. But it is the very reason why more than 30 Engelbergs are alive today.
A team of journalists set out to find the sister painting. They launched #Kunstjagd, a crowdsourced, journalistic hunt for the missing piece of art. Through text messages, Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the crowd can be part of the team and participate in the investigation.
Kunstjagd is the story of the Engelbergs and their Mona Lisa, but also of the multi-layered topic of stolen art. The fate of the Engelbergs as a key to unlock the stories of the biggest art heist in history.
A working grant of € 8,500 was allocated on 21 April 2015.