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.

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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.
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CFP: Provenance Research as a Method of Connoisseurship?, CAA 2018

Provenance Research as a Method of Connoisseurship?
Call for Papers, CAA 2018

Chairs:
Christian Huemer (Getty Research Institute, CHuemer@getty.edu),
Valérie Kobi (Universität Bielefeld, valerie.kobi@uni-bielefeld.de),
Valentina Locatelli (Kunstmuseum Bern, valentina.locatelli@gmail.com)

This session will explore the intersections between provenance research and connoisseurship with regard to the early modern period. In order to go beyond today’s dominant understanding of provenance research as a practice exclusively related to Nazi-looted art and questions of restitutions, the panel will deliberately focus on topics from the late fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries. By setting this alternative chronological limit, we will delve into the historical role of provenance research, its tools and significations, and its relation to connoisseurship and collecting practices. What influence did the biography of an artwork exert on the opinion of some of the greatest connoisseurs of the past? How did the documented (or suspected) provenance of a work of art impact its attribution and authentication process? Which strategies were employed in the mentioning of provenance information in sale catalogues or, sometimes, directly on the artworks themselves? Did the development of art historical knowledge change the practice of provenance research over time? And finally, how can we call attention to these questions in contemporary museum practice and reassess provenance research as a tool of connoisseurship? In addition to addressing the history as well as the strategies of provenance research, this session will be an opportunity to question its relationship to other domains as well as to bring it closer to core problems of art history and museology. We invite contributions that introduce new historical and methodological approaches. Proposals which go beyond the case study are especially encouraged.

For submission guidelines:
http://www.collegeart.org/pdf/call-for-participation.pdf

Paper proposals are due August 14. Please email your proposal to both chairs.

ANN: Dealing with Nazi-looted Art from Private Estates – Opportunities for Provenance Research and Restitution, 16 Feb, Frankfurt/Main (in German)

KUNSTSAMMLER e.V.
Koenigsallee 37A | D – 14193 Berlin
Kontakt

Dealing with Nazi-looted Art from Private Estates – Opportunities for Provenance
Research and Restitution 

Umgang mit NS-Raubkunst aus Privatbesitz – Möglichkeiten der Provenienzforschung
und Restitution

16 February 2017, 6pm, Villa Metzler, Frankfurt am Main

1. Introduction
Dr. Christoph Andreas (Kunsthandlung J.P. Schneider, Frankfurt)
Advisory Board member of Kunstsammler e.V.

2. Legal framework for art restitution
Michael Eggert (Rechtsanwälte Kiermeier Haselier Grosse, Dresden)
Advisory Board member of Kunstsammler e.V.

Break

3. The case of Cornelius Gurlitt – a private collector under suspicion
Dr. Sibylle Ehringhaus (Independent provenance research scholar, www.revidet.de, Berlin)

Limited spaces available.

ANN: Art & Law (Cambridge, 18 Jan-8 Mar 17)

Cambridge Art History Research Seminar Series on the theme ‘ART & LAW’

Cambridge, Department of History of Art, January 18 – March 8, 2017

 The series will commence on Wednesday, 18th January and take place every Wednesday at 5:00pm in Lecture Room 2 at the Department of History of Art. All are welcome to attend.

18 January
Jilleen Nadolny (Principal Investigator, Art Analysis & Research)
Connoisseurship, Provenance and the Laboratory: Establishing Authenticity in the 21st Century Art World

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