Conf: Placing the Irreplaceable – Restitution of Jewish Cultural Property (Leipzig, 11/17)

Placing the Irreplaceable – Restitution of Jewish Cultural Property: Negotiations, Historical Dimensions, Documentation

Deadline: 09.11.2017

Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture, Leipzig, in Cooperation with the German Literature Archive, Marbach

The systematic destruction of European Jewish culture during World War II attained unprecedented dimensions; its repercussions can be felt to this day. International events such as the 1998 Washington Conference on Nazi Confiscated Art, resulting in the declaration of the Washington Principles and encouraging initiatives of provenance research and restitution worldwide, are testament to an increasing public awareness of related topics. But the ideas driving these initiatives were by no means new: negotiations about placement and restitution of looted Jewish cultural property had already been conducted in the early postwar period.

The long history of activities and debates concerning the handling of displaced books, art works, and ritual objects – fragments of a disrupted past – reveals important layers of European political and cultural history after 1945. It brings to the surface dissonant perspectives on the future of Jewish life and culture after the war, exposes distinct forms of political and legal principles implemented during the Cold War in relation to property and ownership rights, and shows the different ways of Jewish memory creation in light of the Holocaust.

The aim of this conference is to associate two fields of research and activity which, all too often, take separate paths: the historical exploration of actors, institutions, and debates about the protection and restitution of looted Jewish cultural property after 1945 on the one hand, and the realm of provenance investigation, the reconstruction of collections, and the care for related material on the other. We hope to encourage a discussion that combines the actual concerns of finding and preserving relevant assets as well as their documentation, with a historical perspective on the significance of related questions for Jewish memory, recognition and belonging in the twentieth century.

Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture
Goldschmidtstraße 28
04103 Leipzig

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Yfaat Weiss (Leipzig/Jerusalem), Marcel Lepper (Marbach)

Chair: Marcel Lepper (Marbach)

David E. Fishman (New York): Who Inherits the Relics of Jerusalem? On the Retrieval, Disposition, and Restitution of Jewish Cultural Property from Vilna (Vilnius) after World War II

11:15 Coffee Break

Chair: David E. Fishman

Bilha Shilo (Jerusalem): When YIVO was defined by Territory: Two Perspectives on the Restitution of YIVO’s Collections

Lara Lempertiene (Vilnius): A Shattered Mirror. The Efforts of Reconstructing the Pre-War Jewish Life in Lithuania through Rediscovered Documents

13:00 Lunch Break

Chair: Dietmar Müller (Leipzig)

Lukasz Krzyzanowski (Berlin): Holocaust Survivors in Court: The Appropriation and Restitution of Jewish Property in the Early Post-War Years in Poland

Nawojka Cieslinska-Lobkowicz (Warsaw/Munich): Polish Comfortable Desinteressement

16:00 Coffee Break

Chair: Tanja Zimmermann (Leipzig)

Andrea Rehling (Mainz): Whose Heritage? UNESCO Balancing Between Restitution of Cultural Property and Common Heritage of Mankind

Friday, 17 November 2017

Chair: Elisabeth Gallas (Leipzig)

Yehuda Dvorkin (Jerusalem): Restitution of Cultural Property from Europe to Israel: The British Case

Zachary M. Baker (Stanford, CA): Setting the Stage: Preliminary Efforts by the Commission on European Jewish Cultural Reconstruction to Document Endangered Jewish Cultural Properties

10:15 Coffee Break

Chair: Frieder von Ammon (Leipzig)

Caroline Jessen (Marbach): Asserting Ownership, Obscuring Provenance. Jewish Émigré Collections in Germany after 1945

11:45 Lunch Break

Chair: Jan Gerber (Leipzig)
Opening Statement: Matej Spurný (Jena/ Prague)

Anna Kawalko (Jerusalem): Objects of Desire, Objects of Denial. On the Status of German-Jewish Cultural Property in Czechoslovakia after 1945

Michal Busek (Prague): Restitution of Jewish Property in Post-War Czechoslovakia: Developments after 1948, Changes since 1989

Chairs: Yfaat Weiss (Leipzig/Jerusalem), Elisabeth Gallas (Leipzig), Marcel Lepper (Marbach)

Oliver-Pierre  Rudolph
Simon-Dubnow-Institut für jüdische Geschichte und Kultur
Goldschmidtstraße 28, 04103 Leipzig
+49 341 21735-57
+49 341 21735-55

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Exh: Between Definite and Dubious, Liebieghaus, Frankfurt a.M., until 27 Aug 2017



This spring, the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung will take a look back at a chapter in its history that has rarely been a focus of attention to date: the Nazi period and the acquisitions made during those years. With the aid of twelve selected objects, the exhibition will offer insights into the history of the museum in the years 1933 to 1945 and tell the stories of the people intimately linked with the twelve works. Since 2001, the Städel Museum has been examining its collections with regard to artworks whose owners were deprived of them in connection with Nazi persecution. It was thus one of the first museums in Germany to embark on this task.

In the spring of 2015, its provenance research activities were expanded through the addition of a comprehensive project supported by the German Lost Art Foundation and the city of Frankfurt am Main: the systematic examination of the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung holdings. The special exhibition will now present this initiative’s current research results by way of a tour through the sculpture collection’s three main departments – Antiquity, Middle Ages and Renaissance to Neoclassicism. Continue reading “Exh: Between Definite and Dubious, Liebieghaus, Frankfurt a.M., until 27 Aug 2017”

CONF: Provenienz- und Sammlungsforschung IX (München, 5 Apr 17)

Franz Marc, Der Turm der blauen Pferde (1913) und die Rezeption „entarteter“ Kunst nach 1945

Pinakothek der Moderne und Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, München, 05.04.2017



13.15 Uhr
(Pinakothek der Moderne, Barer Straße 40, 80333 München)
Begrüßung und anschließend Führung durch die Ausstellung: Michael Hering

14.45 Uhr
(Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Katharina-von-Bora-Str. 10, 80333 München, Raum 242)


15.15 Uhr
Begrüßung und Einführung: Christian Fuhrmeister

15.25 Uhr
Annegret Hoberg: Was weiß die Kunstgeschichte über Franz Marc: Der Turm der blauen Pferde (1913)?

15.45 Uhr
Isgard Kracht: Inszeniert und instrumentalisiert – das Werk von Franz Marc im „Dritten Reich“

16.05 Uhr
Christian Welzbacher: Mythos oder Missverständnis? Edwin Redslob und Der Turm der blauen Pferde

16.25 Uhr

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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.

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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ANN: Art in Frankfurt 1933 and 1945 (Frankfurt/Main, 21 Nov 16-19 Jun 17)

Art in Frankfurt 1933 and 1945 (German; Frankfurt am Main, 21 Nov 16-19 Jun 17)

Institut für Stadtgeschichte, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Münzgasse 9, 21.11.2016 – 19.06.2017

Lecture Series

Gesammelt – Gehandelt – Geraubt. Kunst in Frankfurt und der Region zwischen 1933 und 1945

All lectures start at 6.30pm

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CONF: The Removal of cultural goods in the Soviet Zone and the GDR, 21 Nov, Magdeburg

screen-shot-2016-11-12-at-22-01-43The Removal of cultural goods in the Soviet Zone and the GDR – The state of research and prospects

21 November, 2016, Magdeburg

The tasks of the German Center for Cultural Heritage include, in addition to the primary research on looted art during the Nazi period, to encourage essential research into the expropriations in the Soviet Zone of Occupation (SBZ) and in the GDR.

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