Exh: Between Definite and Dubious, Liebieghaus, Frankfurt a.M., until 27 Aug 2017



This spring, the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung will take a look back at a chapter in its history that has rarely been a focus of attention to date: the Nazi period and the acquisitions made during those years. With the aid of twelve selected objects, the exhibition will offer insights into the history of the museum in the years 1933 to 1945 and tell the stories of the people intimately linked with the twelve works. Since 2001, the Städel Museum has been examining its collections with regard to artworks whose owners were deprived of them in connection with Nazi persecution. It was thus one of the first museums in Germany to embark on this task.

In the spring of 2015, its provenance research activities were expanded through the addition of a comprehensive project supported by the German Lost Art Foundation and the city of Frankfurt am Main: the systematic examination of the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung holdings. The special exhibition will now present this initiative’s current research results by way of a tour through the sculpture collection’s three main departments – Antiquity, Middle Ages and Renaissance to Neoclassicism. Continue reading “Exh: Between Definite and Dubious, Liebieghaus, Frankfurt a.M., until 27 Aug 2017”

First meeting of TIAMSA’s Berlin sub-committee

Berlin, 3 July 2017, 7.00pm

Christine Howald and Anne Luther proudly announce the launch of TIAMSA’s Berlin sub-committee and cordially invite to the first meeting on

July 2017, 7.00pm
Centre for Art Market Studies
Technische Universität Berlin

Straße des 17. Juni 150/152 (corner of March-Straße)
10623 Berlin  
Room AF083

The TIAMSA Berlin sub-committee welcomes members who are based in Berlin or nearby and who would like to contribute to a lively and scholarly discourse on art and its markets. Our first casual meet-and-greet is hosted by the Centre for Art Market Studies at the Technische Universität Berlin and is also open to those who consider joining TIAMSA.
The sub-committee will organize visits to sites relevant for the study of the art market (galleries, archives, libraries, museums, etc.) and mobilize our members coming from both academia and the art market to meet on a regular basis. It aims to uncover relationships between historical research, contemporary art markets as well as institutions and businesses. Members will introduce their know-how and are invited to host discussion groups, talks, round tables and visits at their sites with a topic of their choice related to their field of expertise. Please let us know if you would like to attend, we are very much looking forward to seeing you.​ 

Herzliche Grüße! Anne Luther and Christine Howald

Dr. Christine Howald is Research Associate  and Teaching Fellow at Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Kunstwissenschaft und Historische Urbanistik (Research Area “Art Market and Provenance”).

Dr. Anne Luther is a researcher at Technische Universität Berlin, and arts manager and software developer with focus on the contemporary art market and data visualization in qualitative research.

ANN: Julius Meier-Graefe (1867-1935) – Grenzgänger der Künste

Literaturhaus Berlin, 22.06. – 16.07.2017

Peers praised the highly successful books of the art critic and critic Julius Meier-Graefe as a “new school of seeing”. In his writings, he focused on modern painting, sensitized the aesthetic re-evaluation and literary verve of the German public for French art of the nineteenth century and decisively shaped the canon of today’s art history.
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CFP: PREP Exchange Program for Provenance Research

Berlin, 01.01.2018
Deadline: Sep 15, 2017

The German-American exchange program ‘Provenance Research Program for Museum Professionals’ (PREP) has been running since the beginning of 2017. The three-year program is aimed at provenance researchers, curators, archivists, and other museum experts. Anyone interested in the 2018 program can apply until 15. September 2017.

Organising institutions
Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Zentralarchiv der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin)
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, USA (Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative)

Project partners
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte München
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste (Beratender Teilnehmer)

US PREP Page of the Smithsonian Institute

German PREP Page of the Zentralarchiv, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

ANN: Call for Applications für PREP Austauschprogramm zur Provenienzforschung. In: H-ArtHist, Jun 15, 2017 (accessed Jun 20, 2017).


CFP: The Limits of Art in the Museum (Madrid, 28-30 Nov 17)

Madrid, Spain, November 28 – 30, 2017
Deadline: Jul 30, 2017

The Interuniversity Consortium MUSACCES (UCM-UNED-UAM) invites the scientific community to submit contributions, as oral communications or posters, to the International Conference “The Limits of Art in the Museum” which will be held in Madrid between 28th-30th November 2017. The aim of this conference is to create an open space for the dialogue and interdisciplinary encounter among museum managers, educators, researchers, artists, students and other professionals of the cultural world. We expect to reflect about the permeability of the conceptual frontiers in the art, mainly when it affects its museological materalisation. Hans Belting, Mieke Bal, Georgios Alexopoulos, Javier Arnaldo, José Manuel Cruz Valdovinos, Almudena Domínguez, Nicole Gesché-Koning, Matteo Mancini, Alice Semedo or Esme Ward and other academic authorities will contribute with their expertise.

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CFP: 4th Workshop on Computational History, Singapur, 6 Nov, 17

06.11.2017, Singapur, Pan Pacific Singapore

Held in conjunction with the 26th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2017), 6-10 November, Singapore.

Mohammed Hasanuzzaman, ADAPT Centre: The Global Centre of Excellence for Digital Content and Media Innovation, Ireland; Adam Jatowt, Kyoto University, Japan; Gäel Dias, University of Caen Normandie, France; Marten Düring, Luxembourg Centre for Digital and Contemporary History (C2DH), Luxemburg; Antal van Den Bosch, Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


The HistoInformatics workshop series brings together researchers in the historical disciplines, computer science and associated disciplines as well as the cultural heritage sector. Historians, like other humanists show keen interests in computational approaches to the study and processing of digitized sources (usually text, images, audio). In computer science, experimental tools and methods stand the challenge to be validated regarding their relevance for real-world questions and applications. The HistoInformatics workshop series is designed to bring researchers in both fields together, to discuss best practices as well as possible future collaborations.

Traditionally, historical research is based on the hermeneutic investigation of preserved records and artefacts to provide a reliable account of the past and to discuss different hypotheses. Alongside this hermeneutic approach historians have always been interested to translate primary sources into data and used methods, often borrowed from the social sciences, to analyze them. A new wealth of digitized historical documents have however opened up completely new challenges for the computer-assisted analysis of e.g. large text or image corpora. Historians can greatly benefit from the advances of computer and information sciences which are dedicated to the processing, organization and analysis of such data. New computational techniques can be applied to help verify and validate historical assumptions. We call this approach HistoInformatics, analogous to Bioinformatics and ChemoInformatics which have respectively proposed new research trends in biology and chemistry. The main topics of the workshop are:

  1. support for historical research and analysis in general through the application of Computer Science theories or technologies,
  2. analysis and re-use of historical texts,
  3. analysis of collective memories,
  4. visualizations of historical data,
  5. access to large wealth of accumulated historical knowledge.

HistoInformatics workshops took place thrice in the past. The first one (http://www.dl.kuis.kyoto-u.ac.jp/histoinformatics2013/) was held in conjunction with the 5th International Conference on Social Informatics in Kyoto, Japan in 2013. The second workshop (http://www.dl.kuis.kyoto-u.ac.jp/histoinformatics2014/) took place at the same conference in the following year in Barcelona. The third workshop (http://www.dl.kuis.kyoto-u.ac.jp/histoinformatics2016/) was held on July 2016 in Krakow, Poland in conjunction with ADHO’s 2016 Digital Humanities conference.

For Histoinformatics2017, we are interested in a wide range of topics which are of relevance for history, the cultural heritage sector and the humanities in general. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Natural language processing and text analytics applied to historical documents
  • Analysis of longitudinal document collections
  • Search and retrieval in document archives and historical collections, associative search
  • Causal relationship discovery based on historical resources
  • Named entity recognition and disambiguation
  • Entity relationship extraction, detecting and resolving historical references in text
  • Finding analogical entities over time
  • Computational linguistics for old texts
  • Analysis of language change over time
  • Digitizing and archiving
  • Modeling evolution of entities and relationships over time
  • Automatic multimedia document dating
  • Applications of Artificial Intelligence techniques to History
  • Simulating and recreating the past course of actions, social relations, motivations, figurations
  • Handling uncertain and fragmentary text and image data
  • Automatic biography generation
  • Mining Wikipedia for historical data
  • OCR and transcription of old texts
  • Effective interfaces for searching, browsing or visualizing historical data collections
  • Studies on collective memory
  • Studying and modeling forgetting and remembering processes
  • Estimating credibility of historical findings
  • Probing the limits of Histoinformatics
  • Epistemologies in the Humanities and Computer Science

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The CAA-Getty International Program, generously supported by the Getty Foundation, provides funding to between fifteen and twenty art historians, museum curators, and artists who teach art history to attend CAA’s Annual Conferences. The goal of the project is to increase international participation in CAA, to diversify the association’s membership, and to foster collaborations between North American art historians, artists, and curators and their international colleagues.

Since it began in 2012, the program has brought ninety scholars to the conferences, from forty-one countries located in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and South America. Each year, a preconference colloquium on international topics in art history inaugurates the week, kicking off four days of conference sessions, meetings with new colleagues, and visits to museums and galleries. Subsequent to these events, the program has generated many scholarly collaborations, including publications, conferences, and exhibitions. Continue reading “CAA-GETTY INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM”