The final of the German Lost Art Foundation’s three-part series of discussions with descendants of Jewish art collectors takes place on 1 September with Johannes Nathan. The format continues from its introduction in 2021 during the festival year “#2021JLID – Jewish Life in Germany”.
For the event on September 1 in the Liebermann Villa, please register by August 25. In addition, the event will be streamed online. You will find the link shortly before the event here.
Jewish patrons and collectors had an important role in German cultural life since the nineteenth century. As the National Socialists rose to power, they were persecuted and disenfranchised and their property seized and looted. Many formerly prominent art collections are still dispersed today and their collectors are frequently forgotten. The German Lost Art Foundation funds projects with descendants where their lost heritage is reconstructed, recalling a vital part of cultural history. Three conversations with Alfred Fass, Rafael Cardoso, and Johannes Nathan will chronicle the search for lost collections of their families and the reconstruction of memory.
1 September, 6:30 pm: Johannes Nathan in conversation with Lea Rosh (in person event at the Liebermann Villa on Wannsee and online)
Johannes Nathan is a descendant of Hugo Helbing (1863-1938), who until 1935 was one of the leading art dealers and auctioneers in Europe and amassed a significant art collection. In addition to his main business in Munich, Helbing maintained a branch in Frankfurt am Main and an office in Berlin and worked closely with the Berlin art dealer Paul Cassirer. His auctions were considered social events, and he was highly decorated for his services to the Bavarian State Painting Collections. After 1933, his business fell on hard times. On the night of the pogrom, Hugo Helbing was attacked in his apartment and so badly maltreated that he succumbed to his injuries on November 30, 1938. Two days later, the forced liquidation of his art business began, and the collection was seized from his heirs. In a project funded by the Foundation in cooperation with Meike Hopp of the Institute for Art History and Historical Urban Studies at the Technical University of Berlin, the collection is currently being reconstructed as far as possible and the whereabouts of the artworks clarified.
Dr. Johannes Nathan is an art historian and art dealer in Potsdam and Zurich, TIAMSA Co-Chair and chairman of the Max Liebermann Society Berlin e.V.
Lea Rosh is a multi-award-winning author and publicist.
The conversation will be held in German.