ANN: Lectures: Cultural Heritage / Kulturelles Erbe 2.0 (Wuerzburg, 26 Oct 17-01 Feb 18)

“Sammlungen – Provenienz – Kulturelles Erbe 2.0”

Lecture series, Fall 2017/18 

Thursdays, 6:15pm, open to all

Hörsaal 5
Philosophiegebäude Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg
26.10.2017 – 01.02.2018

Lecture series of the Institutes for history, art history and museology of Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg in cooperation with the Museum für Franken (Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte in Würzburg) Continue reading “ANN: Lectures: Cultural Heritage / Kulturelles Erbe 2.0 (Wuerzburg, 26 Oct 17-01 Feb 18)”

ANN: Lecture Series: Provenance Research / Provenienzforschung (Saarbruecken, 4 Oct 17-7 Feb 18)

HERKUNFT UNGEWISS? – Kunstwerke und ihre Besitzergeschichte

Öffentliche Ringvorlesung zur Provenienzforschung in Kooperation zwischen der Stiftung Saarländischer Kulturbesitz und dem Institut für Kunstgeschichte der Universität des Saarlandes

Provenienzforschung ist ein zentrales Feld heutiger Museumsarbeit, das sich mit der Eigentumsgeschichte von Kunstwerken und Sammlungsobjekten beschäftigt. Heikle Fälle stellen insbesondere jene Werke dar, die in der Zeit des Nationalsozialismus ihren Besitzern entzogen oder während des Zweiten Weltkrieges geraubt und verlagert wurden. Schwierige Rechtsfragen und berührende persönliche Schicksale kennzeichnen die Arbeit der Provenienzforschung. Aber auch historisch gewachsene archäologische und ethnologische Sammlungen des 19. Jahrhunderts erfordern die Erforschung ihrer ursprünglichen Besitzerverhältnisse.

Die Sonderausstellung „Der Berliner Skulpturenfund“ im Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte am Schlossplatz wird auch das Schicksal der Saarbrücker Sammlungen in Krieg und Nationalsozialismus präsentieren. Eine eigene Ringvorlesung in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Institut der Kunstgeschichte der Universität des Saarlandes macht daher gehend das Forschungsfeld der Provenienzforschung einer breiteren Öffentlichkeit zugänglich. Namhafte Experten wie Prof.Dr.Dr.h.c.mult. Hermann Parzinger (Präsident der Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz) und Dr. Andreas Hüneke (Forschungsstelle „Entartete Kunst“ der Freien Universität Berlin) geben Einblicke zu bis heute kriegsbedingt verlagerter Beutekunst in Russland und verfemten Künstlern im Dritten Reich. Continue reading “ANN: Lecture Series: Provenance Research / Provenienzforschung (Saarbruecken, 4 Oct 17-7 Feb 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
30.11.2017-01.12.2017
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
josefine.hannig@kulturgutverluste.de
FAX: 0391 72 77 63 6

registration deadline: 13.11.2017

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Apply today: CONF, 70 years and counting: The Final Opportunity? (London, 12 Sept, 2017)

12 September 2017
National Gallery, London

For more information or to register an interest, email:   internationalconferencelondon2017@culture.gov.uk

Registrations closing on 31 August

Conference Programme

It is estimated that 20 per cent of Europe’s cultural treasures were stolen or plundered by Nazi Germany, most notably from Jewish families, and over 100,000 of these works are still lost, presumed to be in both public and private collections.

70 Years and Counting: The Final Opportunity? will focus on efforts to identify and return works of art lost during the Nazi-era and particularly on how efforts in this area can be accelerated at this late date. The issue is an international one and international cooperation is essential for the achievement of the goal of providing fair and just solutions.

The Washington Principles provide the framework for each stage of the process, from provenance research and its publication, to access to records, to the provision of national claims processes and fair and just solutions. Provenance research is crucial to the process, as is the ability to locate the substantive evidence of the loss and disposal of objects, without both of which national claims panels will be limited in their range and impact.

Without adequate claims processes, justice will remain unavailable in many places or restricted to those few who seek it through the courts. For the existing national claims processes and committees, the questions they encounter as time progresses become ever more critical and central to upholding the very commitment by the international community to provide justice, however difficult that may be and however long that may take.

The Conference will take stock of achievements and explore the current dilemmas and issues faced by those working in each of these essential areas, concluding with a series of recommendations for accelerating progress. The main sessions of the Conference will consist of panel discussions on key themes, following each of which there will be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

70 Years and Counting: The Final Opportunity? Is sponsored by the Commission for Looted Art in Europe.

 

PROGRAMME

09.00 Conference opens, refreshments available

10.00 Welcome: Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director, National Gallery

10.05 Outline of the day: Clare Pillman, DCMS Director for Culture, Tourism and Sport

10.10 Sponsor: David Lewis, Co-Chair, Commission for Looted Art in Europe

10.15 Keynote address: John Glen MP, Minister for the Arts, Heritage and Tourism

10.30 Session 1: Lost Art: Experience of claimants and institutions
Chair: Sir Paul Jenkins KCB, QC, Former Head of the UK Government Legal Department

Panel:
Dr Antonia Boström, Keeper of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Imke Gielen, Lawyer, von Trott zu Solz Lammek, Berlin
Simon Goodman, Author of The Orpheus Clock
Anne Webber, Co-Chair, Commission for Looted Art in Europe

The Panel will consider how effective the existing claims processes are for works of art in both public and private collections, the difficulties of making claims in countries that do not have national claims processes or a commitment to return and the role that governments, panels and researchers already play or could play in the provision of justice. It will look at the usefulness of existing provenance research and its publication, consider the challenges faced by claimants in locating missing works of art and accessing records, and explore the contribution and response of museums, art experts and the art trade.

11.40 Short break

11.50 Session 2: National claims processes
Chair: Sir Donnell Deeny, Chair UK Spoliation Advisory Panel

Panel:
Professor Jan Bank, Member, Restitutions Committee, The Netherlands
Dr Reinhard Binder-Krieglstein, Alternate Member, Art Restitution Advisory Board, Austria
Michel Jeannoutot, Chair, Commission for the Compensation of Victims of Spoliation, France
Professor Reinhard Rürup, Deputy Chair, Advisory Commission, Germany

The Panel will consider the national processes in place across Europe for resolving claims and will look at their success, impartiality and effectiveness. It will look at the emergence of different rulings on the same case in different countries, whether the wishes of museums to keep works of art should be taken into account and the existing barriers to progress. The Panel will consider a wide range of questions including the following. Is there greater scope for information sharing and collaboration between the committees and how should the issue of claims and the passage of time be resolved? Is time limitation part of a fair and just solution and should claimants of the second and third generations or unrelated heirs have lesser rights to recover lost works of art? This session will also report on discussions from the previous day between the committees of the UK, Austria, France, Germany and The Netherlands.

1.00pm LUNCH

2.00pm Session 3: Unlocking the archives: accessibility and disclosure
Chair: Richard Aronowitz-Mercer, Head of Restitution, Sotheby’s Europe

Panel:
Dr Christian Fuhrmeister, Project Leader, Research Department, Zentralinstitut für Künstgeschichte, Munich
Kristian Jensen, Head of Collections and Curation, British Library
Dr Johannes Nathan, Nathan Fine Art (Potsdam, Zurich)/International Art Market Studies Association
Margreeth Soeting, Member of the Research Staff, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

The Panel will look at what progress has been made in undertaking and publishing provenance research and in identifying and providing access to museum, art trade, archival and other records. It will discuss the information that is already publicly available and whether its publication is effective, timely and clear, the records that remain inaccessible and what more can be done to publish both works of art and essential records. The Panel will consider what barriers exist to information sharing and accessibility and how these might be overcome.

3.15pm Session 4: Private Collections
Chair: Pierre Valentin, Constantine Cannon, Partner, Art & Cultural Property

Panel:
Monica Dugot, International Director of Restitution, Christie’s
Martin Levy, H. Blairman & Sons Ltd, art dealer and member of the Spoliation Advisory Panel
Katrin Stoll, Managing Partner, Neumeister Auction House, Munich
Isabel von Klitzing, Provenance research and art consulting

The Panel will consider the issue of looted works in private collections including how private collectors can protect themselves from buying looted art, where they can go for advice and how they can be encouraged to research their collections and reach equitable solutions. The Panel will also discuss the difficulties for claimants in finding works in private collections and how they might seek to recover them, and explore the role of national claims processes and others in providing guidance and fair and just solutions.

4.30pm Refreshments

5.15pm Session 5: The Way Forward
Tony Baumgartner, Deputy Chair of the Spoliation Advisory Panel and Partner at Clyde & Co, will review and summarise the day, noting the conclusions and recommendations reached by each panel and will propose how these might be taken forward in fulfilment of the aims and objectives of the Conference.

6.15pm Drinks Reception

Job: 1 Research Assistant for ‘Provenance Research’ (DHM Berlin)

Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
Application dead-line: 25.08.2017

Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum has a job opening as Research Assistant for Provenance Research for two years in Berlin.

The rest of the post is in German. Continue reading “Job: 1 Research Assistant for ‘Provenance Research’ (DHM Berlin)”

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: k.hill.2@research.gla.ac.uk.

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: k.hill.2@research.gla.ac.uk.

STIP: Grant for Provenance Research projects

Stiftung Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste
Application dead line: 01.10.2017

The German Center for Cultural Heritage and Art Loss Register [Stiftung Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste] in Magdeburg provides funding for projects for provenance research of Nazi looted art . Application deadline for long-term research projects is 1 October 2017.
Short-term applications are available throughout the year without dead line. Continue reading “STIP: Grant for Provenance Research projects”