CONF: Why are we still looking for Nazi-looted art in Italy? The importance of provenance research and negotiated solutions (Venice, Ateneo Veneto, 25 Mar 2022; also online)

The objective of this conference is to raise awareness of Nazi-looted art in Italy, emphasizing the urgent need of provenance research in Italian art collections and offering practical solutions to those who in the years from 1933 to the mid 1990’s might have inadvertently acquired artworks stolen by the Nazis or forcibly sold during the Nazi era.

Location: Ateneo Veneto, Campo San Fantin 1897, 30124 Venezia, Italy
Date: 25 Mar 2022, 09:00-17:30 CET
Registration (free) for on site and online participation:

International experts from practice and science will give insights into how the art market, museums, heirs of victims of the Nazi regime and private collectors in possession of Nazi-looted art have addressed the topic and will discuss the current state of affairs in Italy.

09:15 – Welcome 
Antonella Magaraggia, Ateneo Veneto
Katharina Hüls-Valenti, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität MainzPierre Valentin, Constantine Cannon LLP

09:15 – German History (1933 – 1945)
Meike Hopp, Technische Universität Berlin

09:45 – Italian History (1933 – 1945)
Daria Brasca, IMT – Scuola for Advanced Studies Lucca

10:15 – Post War History to Washington Principles (1945 – 1998)Bianca Gaudenzi, Deutsches Historisches Institut Rome

10:45 Break

11:05 – Negotiated solutions or litigation? – How restitution has been dealt with since 1998
Tony Baumgartner, Deputy Chair of the Spoliation Advisory Panel
Christian Fuhrmeister, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte MünchenSabine Loitfellner, Jewish Community Vienna
Nicholas O’Donnell, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Moderator: Eleonora Chielli, Studio Legale Chielli Venice 

12:00 – The importance of provenance – The art market’s perspective
Giovanna Bertazzoni, Christie’s
Giuseppe Calabi, CBM & Partners
Johannes Nathan, Nathan Fine ArtElizabeth Royer, ARA/HARP Europe
Moderator: Pierre Valentin, Constantine Cannon LLP
12:45 – Lunch Break
13:43 – Auditing the Cerrutti Collection. The case of Jacopo del SellaioCaroyln Christov-Bakargiev, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea

14:15 – Fair and just solutions – A matter of justic
Jutta von Falkenhausen, Lawyer
Felix de Marez Oyens, B. H. Breslauer Foundation
Anne Webber, Commission for Looted Art in EuropeStephen Zack, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
Moderator: Till Vere Hodge, Constantine Cannon LLP
15:00 – Provenance research – Methods and field report.
Elena Franchi, Researcher and Teacher Trainer
Katharina Hüls-Valenti, Johannes Gutenberg-UniversitätMainzChristian Huemer, Belvedere Research Center Vienna
Amelie Ebbinghaus, Art Loss Register 

Moderator: Christian Fuhrmeister, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte Munich

16:00 – Break

16:15 – Doing the right thing – Nazi-looted art in private collection.
Richard Aronowitz, Restitution specialist
Friederike von Brühl, K&L Gates
Isabel von Klitzing, Provenance Research & Art ConsultingPierre Valentin, Constantine Cannon LLP
Moderator: Luigi M. Macioce, Boies Schiller Flexner Italy

17:00 – Final Discussion and Conclusions 
Katharina Hüls-Valenti, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität MainzPierre Valentin, Constantine Cannon LLP

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Pierre Valentin
Katharina Hüls-Valenti
Katharina von Sprenger (Administration)