Katja Terlau studied art history, classical archaeology and pre- and early history in Münster, graduating with a master's degree in 1995 and a doctorate in 1998 at the University of Cologne.
She conducted her first provenance research from 1999 to 2003 for the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum in Cologne commissioned by the City of Cologne and the Sal. Oppenheim Foundation. In 2000, she initiated a meeting of women researchers and thus became the founder of the later international working group Arbeitskreis Provenienzforschung e.V.. In 2001, Katja Terlau conceived and organised the first international conference on this topic in Germany: "Museums in the Twilight: Acquisition Policy 1933-1945" in Cologne.

As a freelance art historian, she has since investigated the origin and whereabouts of artefacts and cultural assets in Germany and abroad in numerous research projects. She researches the provenance of art collections and advises public institutions, private collections and the media on the subject of Nazi art looting. Due to her expertise, her network and her successes, she enjoys the trust of private and public international clients.

From 2014 to 2020, she was a lecturer at the University of Cologne, Institute of Art History, specialising in the art market and provenance research.

In 2021, she was honoured with the Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany’s Order of Merit for her services and commitment to provenance research


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E-mail: terlau[at]lange-schmutz.com