CONF: Dispossessions of Cultural Objects (Ljubljana, 19-21 Mar 18)

France Stele Institute of Art History, ZRC SAZU
Prešeren Hall SAZU, Novi trg 4

March 19 – 21, 2018

Dispossessions of Cultural Objects between 1914 and 1989/1991: The Alpe Adria Region in Comparative Perspectives

TransCultAA International Conference


Monday, March 19th

Welcome and introduction

Mimi Urbanc, Deputy Director, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana
Davor Kozmus, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Republic of Slovenia (HERA)
Iain B. Whyte, Research Committee of the International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art (RIHA)
Christian Fuhrmeister, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, München, Project Leader, Transfer of Cultural Objects in the Alpe Adria Region in the 20th Century
Barbara Murovec, Director, France Stele Institute of Art History ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana, Slovenian Principal Investigator, Transfer of Cultural Objects in the Alpe Adria Region in the 20th Century Continue reading “CONF: Dispossessions of Cultural Objects (Ljubljana, 19-21 Mar 18)”

Conf: Looted Art and the Art Trade, Raub & Handel – Bonn 11/17

Raub & Handel. Der französische Kunstmarkt unter deutscher Besatzung (1940-1944)

Bonn, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Registration deadline: 13.11.2017


Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste in cooperation with Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte Paris and Forum Kunst und Markt, Technische Universität Berlin

This year’s conference topic of the German Center for Cultural Heritage, The French art market under German occupation (1940-1944), brings together renowned French and German experts on the systematic art looting in France and presents the most recent research in both countries on this topic.
The case of Hildebrand Gurlitt will feature prominently.

The conference takes place at Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle of the Federal Republic of Germany, Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn, from 30.11.2017 to 1.12.2017.

Conference languages: French and German, simultaneous interpretation is offered.

Programme below

Places are limited and the organisers strongly advise to book a place soon.

Please contact
Josefine Hannig
Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste
Humboldstraße 12
39112 Magdeburg
FAX: 0391 72 77 63 6

registration deadline: 13.11.2017

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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: French Art Galleries During the German Occupation, Paris, Dec 5, 2016

French Art Galleries During the German Occupation

The Research Project ‘The Artists and Their Galleries – Reciprocal Receptions between Paris and Berlin, 1900-1950‘, conducted at the Centre Georg Simmel (EHESS.CNRS) in Paris, investigates the historic, social and esthetic role of art galleries in the context of emigration.

The upcoming conference on Monday December 5th (9am-6pm), will explore the art galleries during the German occupation of Paris. It will be held at the Centre allemand d’Histoire de l’art, 45 rue de Petits-Champs, 75002 Paris (Conference language: French). The conference is open to all; those who would like to attend should send an e-mail to Denise Vernerey

Les Galeries Francaises sous l’occupation