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

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

Christian Huemer (Getty Research Institute,,
Valérie Kobi (Universität Bielefeld,,
Valentina Locatelli (Kunstmuseum Bern,

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:

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

CFP: Art Crime and Stolen Heritage, Session at EAA (Maastricht, 30 Aug-3 Sep 17)

Deadline: Mar 15, 2017

Art Crime and Stolen Heritage: Towards an Archaeological Consensus

Organizers: James Symonds, Nour A. Munawar, Lindsay Morehouse, Christine Acosta Weirich, Marina Lostal, Jens Notroff

The looting of archaeological sites is by no means a recent phenomenon and has been taking place in war zones for centuries. The incidence of illicit trade has, however, been significantly influenced in recent years by the growth of international art markets that are willing to accept/sell unprovenanced items. Examples of the privatisation of public monuments have added to the loss of cultural heritage by placing items in private hands. Additionally, social media platforms/cost sharing applications have provided readily accessible markets for art objects and archaeological artefacts.

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The Getty Provenance Index® has added 138,000 database records of art sales from the 1600s and 1700s

New Sales Data Trace the First Hundred Years
of the British Auction Market

The Getty Provenance Index has, for three decades, been a leading resource for scholarship on the history of collecting. Founded in the early 1980s by Burton Fredericksen, the first curator of paintings for the Getty Museum, the Provenance Index has evolved into a collection of online databases with 1.75 million records indexing the works of art described in source documents such as auction catalogs, archival inventories, and dealer stock books. This data can be used to trace the ownership of works of art and to examine patterns in collecting and art markets.

Read Eric Hormell’s full announcement about the exciting addition of 138,000 database records on ‘the Getty iris’.

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

Koenigsallee 37A | D – 14193 Berlin

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.


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

Limited spaces available.

RE-POST: German-American Exchange Program for Provenance Research, 2017-2019

Apply before November 18: PREP German-American Exchange Program for Provenance Research, 2017-2019

Applications for the Provenance Research Exchange Program (PREP) in 2017 are now open until 18 November 2016. In order to access the application form, prospective applicants first need to register via the Smithsonian Online Application Platform SOLAA.

Information for Applicants PDF : prep-call-for-applications-2016

For questions about the German/American Provenance Research Exchange Program or the application process, please contact Smithsonian Institution Provenance Research Initiative ( or the German project coordinators at the Zentralarchiv of the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin (

Source : ZIKG (accessed 19 Oct, 2016) and (accessed 20 Oct, 2016)

CONF: Art, Provenance and Law – Kunst, Provenienz und Recht, June 13-14, Bonn

Art, Provenance and Law – Challenges and Expectations

Kunst, Provenienz und Recht – Herausforderungen und Erwartungen

Universität Bonn, Hauptgebäude, Hörsaal IX, 13. – 14.06.2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

18.00 Uhr
Nina Dethloff
Geschäftsführende Direktorin des Käte Hamburger Kollegs “Recht als Kultur“

18.10 Uhr
Michael Hoch
Rektor der Universität Bonn

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