Preserving art? Challenges and chances of the artists’ estates in Switzerland

Kunst erhalten? Herausforderungen und Chancen von Künstlernachlässen in der Schweiz 

1.-2. September 2017
FHNW Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Freilager-Platz 1, CH-4023 Basel

Fees: 1 day CHF 70, 2 days CHF 120. Concessions for members of visarte: 1 day CHF 40, 2 days CHF 60.
Please register by 14. August
Spaces are limited, registration on a first come-first serve basis. Registrations after 20 August 2017 will be charged CHF 40 extra.

In the Autumn of 2007 the conference Repository Museum? Strategies for artists’ estates [Endlager Museum? Strategien im Umgang mit Künstlernachlässen] was organized by the Kunstmuseum Thurgau together with visarte.schweiz and the Association of Swiss Museums (VMS), which initiated a broad discussion of artists’ estates for the first time. 10 years later the Campus der Künste in Basel brings together specialists to discuss the still urgent topic. Lectures, workshops and talks will explore the developments of the past decade. What is today’s status of preserving estates? Which individual projects were realised? What needs to follow suit?

The symposium organized by the Swiss Institute of Art Science (SIK-ISEA), visarte.schweiz, ARTexperts and the Christoph Merian Foundation is intended to stimulate a varied discussion among artists, estate owners and executives executives, as well as all other committed art business practitioners.

During the conference SIK-ISEA will release its new guide to Artistic Estates.

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. <>.

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)”

CONF: Objects of Exchange: Art and Economic Encounters (Paris, 7-8 Sep 17)

International Symposium
Institut National d’Histoire de l’art (INHA)
Paris, 07. – 08.09.2017

Org. Alexander Alberro (Columbia University), Sophie Cras (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

Exchange is classically described by economists as a phenomenon of equalization of values within a given system. When heterogeneous orders of economic rationalities meet, material objects and practices come to embody the paradoxes of dissonant exchange. This symposium aims to explore how artifacts and artistic practices have materialized ruptures within, and encounters between, economic systems in the modern and contemporary period.


7 September 2017

2.oo pm / Introduction, Alexander Alberro (Columbia University) & Sophie Cras (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) Continue reading “CONF: Objects of Exchange: Art and Economic Encounters (Paris, 7-8 Sep 17)”

CONF: State of the Art Archives. Documenting Modern and Contemporary Art

State of the Art Archives
International Conference on Archives
Documenting Modern and Contemporary Art

Marking the anniversaries of their foundation, ZADIK – Central Archive for German and International Art Market Studies (est. 1992) in cooperation with the Department of Art History at the University of Cologne, basis wien – Documentation Centre for Contemporary Art (est. 1997), and the Institute of Modern Art Nuremberg (est. 1967) – all partners of– invite you to a conference of international art archives.

In short presentations the host and invited archives will introduce their institutions, their respective collection focuses, their own work, and also the work opportunities that they provide to researchers. They reflect the development and importance of art archives, which, over the course of the cultural turns, have provided access to new realms of collecting and research for art history that emerged parallel to the paradigm shifts of modernity. In times of digital processing and publication the work of art archives increasingly attracts international attention and gains in efficacy, while providing new stimuli for art sciences such as the dynamically growing field of art market research as well as the exhibition practice itself. Since the millennium and, above all, in the last decade there have been more and more art exhibitions with documentary aspects of cultural history, which feature source materials from art archives and thereby demonstrate a recontextualisation of the presented artworks.

The conference offers archivists, art historians (including students), journalists, and the interested (expert) public a forum where one can learn more about the different archives with their respective specialisations and research opportunities. The presentations and ensuing discussions in German and English will be translated simultaneously. This service is also available for two moderated discussions/workshops on (1) qualitative and (2) quantitative art market research based on archive inventories. Each is open to 20 participants, who can sign up in the registration process and formulate their specific knowledge interests.

Registration until Sept. 15, 2017 (limited capacity)
Participation fee: 150 Euro; Early Bird fee (until Jul. 31, 2017): 120 Euro
Reduced participation fee for students: 50 Euro