Hollywood has told the story of how Monuments Men retrieved artworks that had been looted by Nazis. Newly discovered archival information brings to life the untold story of what they did next at the U.S. Army’s Office of Military Government at the Central Collecting Point (CCP) in Munich. How did the so-called ‘Monuments Men’ transform the war-damaged former Nazi Party headquarters in Munich into the largest ‘museum’ and greatest art history project that had ever been undertaken? How did they create the incredible expertise to identify the artworks? How did they build the infrastructure to restitute the objects? And, as millennia of priceless treasures of European cultural heritage were being gathered under one war-damaged roof, who could be trusted?
Dr Iris Lauterbach presents her new research on the events, people, and intrigue of the Munich CCP in the crucial years 1945–1949. Based on previously unpublished records, archives, and photographs, she uncovers the stories of the people who worked there at a time of lingering political suspicions. In this talk, she narrates the fascinating knowledge-building, conservation, and restitution processes. It is also the remarkable story of the foundation of Germany’s Central Institute for Art History: the library that powered the CCP’s knowledge base has grown into the one of the world’s largest art history reference libraries, where she is a researcher.
29 January 2019: Lecture and Book Launch
The lecture will take place on 29 January 2019, 6-7pm, followed by a reception for the UK book launch of Iris Lauterbach’s The Central Collecting Point in Munich: A New Beginning for the Restitution and Protection of Art, translated by Fiona Elliott, with an introduction by James J. Sheehan (Getty Publications, 2018). The respondent is Dr Johannes von Müller (Warburg Institute). The convener is Dr Elizabeth Savage (Institute of English Studies).
As more parts of the world became accessible to the West, a fast-growing number of exotic artefacts entered European markets from the 18th century. Facilitated by social and technological changes, the markets for such objects thrived, while a collecting culture and museums emerged. This book focuses on methods and places of exchange, monetary and ideological value, actors and networks, transfer and transport, prices and expertise, while exploring 300 years and four continents. Based on a symposium in Berlin, the publication will include contributions by Felicity Bodenstein, Ting Chang, Manuel Charpy, Nélia Dias, Natasha Eaton, Noëmie Etienne, Jonathan Fine, Christine Howald, Philip Jones, Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie, Ying-chen Peng, Léa Saint-Raymond and Élodie Vaudry, and Masako Yamamoto.
The French periodical ‚Nouvelles de l’estampe‘ has just gone open access with a new issue including an article by Antoinette Friedenthal presenting the discovery of a portrait of Pierre I Mariette (c. 1603-1657), the founder of the Mariette dynasty of print and book dealers. Hidden unrecognized in the encompassing print collection which the Mariette assembled for Prince Eugene of Savoy from c. 1717 onwards (much of which survives in the Albertina in Vienna), the portrait was etched by Pierre I’s grandson Jean Mariette (1660-1742) and inscribed ‘Petrus Mariette. Iconum mercator Parisiis’ by the sitter’s great-grandson Pierre-Jean Mariette (1694-1774), the last art dealer of the family known as one of the foremost connoisseurs of prints and drawings of the 18th century. The article is available both in French and in English.
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DIE WEGE DER BILDER PROVENIENZFORSCHUNG UND IHRE FOLGEN
Vortrag von Dr. Petra Winter, Leiterin Zentralarchiv & Provenienzforschung der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin
Donnerstag, 10. Januar 2019, 18 Uhr Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
Die Provenienzforschung stellt sich gewöhnlich die Frage: Wo kamen die Bilder her? Manchmal fragt sie sich aber auch: Wo gingen sie hin – und warum? Die Wege der Bilder ins Museum hinein und hinaus sind verschlungen, selten geradlinig und manchmal skurril. Der Vortrag zeichnet die Wege und Provenienzen von ausgewählten Werken der Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin nach: Werke von Malern wie Otto Mueller, Carl Mense und Horst Strempel, die aktuell in der Ausstellung MALER. MENTOR. MAGIER. Otto Mueller und sein Netzwerk in Breslau zu sehen sind. Der Vortrag gibt außerdem Einblicke in den Arbeitsalltag der Provenienzforschung.
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Die einzigartige Geschichte der Öffentlichen Kunstsammlung Basel, die herausragende Qualität und internationale Ausrichtung ihrer Bestände verpflichtet das Kunstmuseum Basel zur Institutionalisierung einer Provenienzforschung, die dieser Bedeutung angemessenen ist. Das Haus sucht daher zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt eine/n
Talking Galleries is proud to announce its 7th Barcelona Symposium to take place on January 21-22, 2019, at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA).
The Barcelona Symposium is a two-day conference, a unique place for the prominent art world figures to debate and reflect on various aspects of art gallery management. Adam Sheffer, former President of ADAA and Vice president of Pace Gallery, described it as ‘a sort of the Davos of the art world, when people can get together globally and talk about issues facing the entire industry.’