CONF: The Transfer of Jewish-owned Cultural Objects (Lucca, 18-19 Sep 17)

The Transfer of Jewish-owned Cultural Objects in the Alpe Adria Region

IMT Lucca School for Advanced Studies, Italy, September 18 – 19, 2017

The first International Workshop of the HERA project “Transfer of Cultural Objects in the Alpe Adria Region in the 20th Century” (TransCultAA) will take at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca on 18-19 September 2017.

The workshop will focus on the Jewish-owned cultural property in the Italian Alpe Adria region.
As a geographic zone of transit, the Alpe Adria region, broadly understood, was characterized by an intense displacement of cultural assets owned by Jews through confiscation, plunder and seizure by German and Italian authorities during WWII.
The TransCultAA project members will point out the complexity of the phenomenon at a transnational level. In particular, they will present and analyze the different administrative practices in the management of Jewish-owned heritage, investigate the institutions, organizations and networks, examine the trajectories of victims and perpetrators, and also try to document the objects present or in transition on the territory. In doing so, the aim of the TransCultAA project is not only to trace the tangible movement of objects, but also their role as symbolic capital. Accordingly, alongside ‘high’ art also ‘low’ art and everyday objects – which all played a role in developing individual, collective and national identities – will be taken into account.
Finally, multinational members of TransCultAA will share the results of their recent and ongoing research projects, and recommend new approaches and paths for investigations in this field.


Monday 18 September 2017

14.30 Registration of participants

Conference Hall / Guinigi Chapel

3.00pm Welcome

Pietro Pietrini (Director, IMT Lucca)
Maria Luisa Catoni (IMT Lucca, Director LYNX Unit)
Emanuele Pellegrini (IMT Lucca, Track Director in AMCH)

3.45pm Christian Fuhrmeister (Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich): History and Future of Provenance and Translocation Research

4.15pm Donata Levi (Università degli Studi di Udine), Barbara Murovec (France Stele Institute of Art History ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana), Ljerka Dulibić (Strossmayer Gallery, Zagreb), and Christian Fuhrmeister (Munich): Transfer of Cultural Objects in the Alpe Adria Region: Goals and Problems of a HERA Funded Research Project

– followed by Podium Discussion with Ilaria Pavan (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa) and Paolo Coen (Università degli Studi di Teramo) Cloister of San Francesco

6.00pm Welcoming Cocktail & Poster Exhibition Inauguration

Tuesday 19 September 2017

Session I

Chair: Emanuele Pellegrini (Lucca)

9.00am Daria Brasca (Lucca): Dispossession of Italian Jews (title to be determined)

9.20am Victoria Reed (Sadler Curator for Provenance, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston): Nazi-Era Provenance Research: Case Studies from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

9.40am Marc Masurovsky (HARP co-founder, Washington, DC.): The ERR project (title to be determined)

10.00am Paolo Coen (Teramo): Response

10.10 Discussion

10.45am Coffee Break

Session II

Chair: Donata Levi (Udine)

11.15 Michael Wedekind (Munich): Plundering the Italian Jews: The Case of Trieste (1938-1945)

11.35 Antonia Bartoli (Nina and Lee Griggs Fellow, European Art, Yale University Art Gallery): The Activities and Enterprises of Dr. Alessandro (“Sandro”) Morandotti (1909-1979), Art Dealer, Antiquarian and Publisher (1940-1945)

11.55am Irene Bolzon (Istituto per la Storia della Resistenza e della Società Contemporanea di Treviso – Udine) – Fabio Verardo (Università di Trento, Istituto Regionale per la Storia del Movimento di Liberazione per il Friuli Venezia Giulia): Postwar Trials in Trieste and Crimes Against Jews: Collaboration and Crimes Against Property During German Occupation (title to be determined)

12.15pm Ljerka Dulibić (Zagreb): Response

12.25ppm Discussion

1-2pm  Lunch Break

Session III

Chair: Barbara Murovec (Ljubljana)

2.00pm Iva Pasini Tržec (Strossmayer Gallery, Zagreb)
Contentious Musealisation Process(es) of Jewish Art Collections in Croatia

2.20pm Nenad Makuljević (University of Belgrade)
Jewish-Owned Cultural Objects in Serbia during the Second World War

2.40pm Francesca Coccolo (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)
Rodolfo Siviero between Fascism and Cold War: Negotiating Art Restitution and ‘Exceptional Returns’ to Italy after the Second World War

3.00pm Kostantin Akinsha (freelance art historian, ARTnews magazine): Response

3.10pm Discussion

3.45pm Coffee Break

Session IV

Chair: Christian Fuhrmeister (Munich)

4.15pm Anneliese Schallmeiner and Gabriele Anderl (Commission for Provenance Research, Vienna)
Confiscated assets in Trieste: a list of Austrian Jewish owners – reflected in different sources in Viennese archives

4.35pm Nathalie Neumann (Independent Researcher, Berlin)
“J.F., Meran” On Flight: The Art Collector Julius Freund and His Collection

4.55pm Ilaria Pavan (Pisa): Response

5.05pm Discussion

5.40pm Daria Brasca (Lucca) – Christian Fuhrmeister (Munich) – Donata Levi (Udine) – Emanuele Pellegrini (Lucca): Final Remarks

6.00pm End of Workshop

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Reference: CONF: The Transfer of Jewish-owned Cultural Objects (Lucca, 18-19 Sep 17). In: H-ArtHist, Jul 24, 2017. <>.

TIAMSA at Art Basel: Newspaper Coverage in Il Sole 24 Ore

The conversation co-organized by TIAMSA and Art Basel in June was the subject of an extensive, very positive newspaper article in the Milanese daily “Il Sole 24 Ore”, written by Silvia Simoncelli (25 June 2017, no. 768, p. 20).
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EXH.: The Birth of the Art Market, Bucerius Kunst Forum (Hamburg, 23 Sept, 17 – 7 Jan, 2018)

With The Birth of the Art Market. Rembrandt, Ruisdael and van Goyen and the Artists of the Dutch Golden Age the Bucerius Kunst Forum presents the first large-scale exhibition devoted to the birth of the art market in the Golden Age of the Netherlands. Tracing the careers of artists such as Rembrandt, Ruisdael, van Goyen and many others, the exhibition explores how the transformation of Dutch society during the seventeenth century brought forth a new art market, with artworks tailored to its demands. Artists, art dealers and their workshops had to keep pace with the evolving market situation, leading to art prices ranging from just a few Dutch guilders to astronomical sums. The Birth of the Art Market: Rembrandt, Ruisdael, van Goyen and the Artists of the Dutch Golden Age is the first exhibition curated  by Prof. Dr. Franz Wilhelm Kaiser in his new role as artistic director of the Bucerius Kunst Forum.

The exhibition features master works on loan from internationally renowned museums and collections, including the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen; National Portrait Gallery, London; Dresden State Art Collections, Old Masters Picture Gallery; Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie; Hamburger Kunsthalle; Bavarian State Painting Collections, Alte Pinakothek; State Museum of Schwerin/ Ludwigslust/ Güstrow; Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister; The Kremer Collection, Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts; SØR Rusche Collection, Oelde/ Berlin; National Museum in Warsaw; Liechtenstein, The Princely Collections, Vaduz/ Vienna; and other museums and private collections.

Please find the press release below and attached to this email. Do not hesitate to contact the Bucerius Kunst Forum’s press department (below) for high resolution press images. The press preview takes place on Thursday, 21 September 2017, 11 a.m. at the Bucerius Kunst Forum in Hamburg, Germany.

Lara Schuh
Head of Press

BKF_Pressrelease_The Birth of the Art Market_En (.pdf, 262 KB)

STIP: Grant for Provenance Research projects

Stiftung Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste
Application dead line: 01.10.2017

The German Center for Cultural Heritage and Art Loss Register [Stiftung Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste] in Magdeburg provides funding for projects for provenance research of Nazi looted art . Application deadline for long-term research projects is 1 October 2017.
Short-term applications are available throughout the year without dead line. Continue reading “STIP: Grant for Provenance Research projects”

CONF: Money, Prestige and Responsibility. Bankers as Actors (Lueneburg, 29-30 Sep 17)

Money, prestige and responsibility. Bankers as actors in the economic, political and cultural network in (Northeast) Europe of the 16th – 20th century

Geld, Prestige und Verantwortung. Bankiers als Akteure im wirtschaftlichen, politischen und kulturellen Netzwerk in (Nordost-)Europa des 16.-20. Jahrhunderts

Nordost-Institut (IKGN e. V.) in Lüneburg
29. – 30.09.2017

International Conference of the Nordost-Institut (IKGN e. V.), Lüneburg and the Institut for Art History, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich.

Conference language is GERMAN
Please book your place with

PD Dr. Agnieszka Pufelska, PD Dr David Feest (IKGN)
Prof. Dr. Aleksandra Lipinska (LMU) Continue reading “CONF: Money, Prestige and Responsibility. Bankers as Actors (Lueneburg, 29-30 Sep 17)”

CONF: Displaying ‘NS-Art’ (Munich, 4 Oct 17)

Displaying ‘NS-Art’ – “NS-Kunst” zeigen

Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte
Munich, 4 Oct 17

The symposium is part of a cooperation of the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte with Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie Regensburg and Städtische Galerie Rosenheim on the occasion of the exhibition „Artige Kunst. Kunst und Politik im Nationalsozialismus“  (Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie Regensburg, 14. Juli bis 29. Oktober 2017) and “Vermacht, verfallen, verdrängt. Kunst und Nationalsozialismus” (Städtische Galerie Rosenheim, 24. September bis 19. November 2017). Continue reading “CONF: Displaying ‘NS-Art’ (Munich, 4 Oct 17)”

CONF: Morgan: Mind of the Collector (Hartford, 10-11 Nov 17)

Morgan: Mind of the Collector

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, November 10 – 11, 2017

Edward J. Steichen, J. Pierpont Morgan, Esq., Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949, © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) spent over twenty years travelling the globe to amass the largest collection of art and cultural artifacts of his time. Estimated to have exceeded 20,000 works of art, Morgan’s collections represent a broad historical and geographic range of art and cultural artifacts. Acting on his father’s wishes, J.P. Morgan’s son, Jack, donated more than 1,350 works collected by his father to the Wadsworth Atheneum in his native Hartford.  In fall 2017, the Wadsworth Atheneum will mark the centennial anniversary of Morgan’s  gift and its historical impact with an exhibition, Morgan: Mind of the Collector.
The Wadsworth Atheneum will host an international symposium in conjunction with the exhibition to reexamine and showcase the latest research about Morgan’s collection and how he shaped the identity of the collector in the modern age. Continue reading “CONF: Morgan: Mind of the Collector (Hartford, 10-11 Nov 17)”