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.

Forum: Objects of Contention, Spoils from the Yuanmingyuan

British Museums, 15 August and 25 September 2017

In the autumn of 1860 British and French troops looted the Yuanmingyuan, the lavish garden estate of the Qing emperors. Campaign members then returned to Europe rich with spoils. Imperial Chinese objects from the estate, many created by imperial command, have since taken unexpected trajectories in private collections and public museums.

Objects of Contention was inspired by one special object within this history: a fragment of a Qing imperial revolving vase, once housed in the Surrey Infantry Museum, Clandon Park. In the spring of 2015, fire ravaged Clandon Park and destroyed the regimental museum. Sherds of the vase have since been recovered.

The panels will take a new look at the spoliation and the military collections formed in its aftermath, the evolving position of Yuanmingyuan artefacts in UK collections, and institutional strategies for handling this material today. On September 25th

Panel One: Looting the Yuanmingyuan, Plunder and Prize
August 15, 2017
5:30 – 8:30pm
The Institute of Historical Research, Wolfson Room I
Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

John Roote: The Logistics of Loot. Who were the looters of the Summer Palace? What did they take and why? How did they transport their spoils to Europe and beyond? The quantity, and to some extent the make-up, of Summer Palace loot has long been controversial – how much treasure was really taken and where is it today?

Kate Hill: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Yuanmingyuan, Or: How the Allied Armies Had a Lost Weekend in China, Struck Gold & Won the Second Opium War. A new look at the looting of the Yuanmingyuan, how it happened and why.

Steve Johnson: The Surrey Regiments in China. The curator of the Surrey Infantry Museum will discuss the involvement of The Queen’s Royal Regiment and The East Surrey Regiment in the China campaigns of 1860–63, and introduce artefacts from China in the museum collection, including the revolving vase. Sherds of the vase may be available for inspection. TO BE CONFIRMED.

Amy Miller: Globetrotters Collecting the East: trope, treasure & personal appropriation, 1870-1900. In the late 19th century, China was an essential stop on the ‘Around the World Tour’, for Western travellers, who brought home emblems of the ‘East’, such as pieces looted from Yuanmingyuan in 1860 and appropriated from the site later as ‘souvenirs’. These material tropes reflected a vision of the ‘Orient’ created at the interstices of culture, politics, trade and travel, filtered through the personal experiences of globetrotting.

RVSP appreciated but not required:

Panel Two: Yuanmingyuan Artefacts in UK museums
September 25, 2017
1:30 – 5:00pm
The Institute of Historical Research, Wolfson Room I
Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Kate Hill: A Porcelain Puzzle A curious vase and its history.

Rose Kerr & Colin Sheaf: 18th century imperial porcelain and its impact in the 19th – 21st centuries

Open floor discussion of the vase

Liu Yang: British and French Museum Collections of Yuanmingyuan cultural relics

Louis Tythacott: The Yuanmingyuan in Britain and France: Collecting and Displaying Objects from the ‘Summer Palace’ in the West This talk will examine the succession of Western meanings and values attributed to objects from China’s Yuanmingyuan, or ‘Summer Palace’, over the past 150 years – their existence as commodities in auction houses from the 1860s; their displays in international exhibitions and public museums in Britain and France; and their status as ‘trophies of war’ in military museums in the UK.

Dialogue on museums, heritage & restitution
RVSP appreciated but not required:

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)

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)”