CFP: Section Provenance, Fourth Swiss Congress of Art History (Mendrisio, 6-8 June 2019)

The relevance of provenance: Contemporary aspects of provenance research in theory and practice

The Washington Principles (1998) and the extensive research by the Bergier Commission (1996–2002), are key dates for provenance research in Switzerland. From 2012 the “Gurlitt trove” and the legacy of the estate to the Kunstmuseum Bern drew attention once again to the treatment of artworks looted by the Nazis in public and private collections. Research into the change of ownership of art works and artefacts has once again been discussed internationally since then. Since 2016 in Switzerland, the federal government has devoted a total of 2 million francs to provenance research projects in museums. But what demands are placed on provenance research as a discipline, specifically in Switzerland? Along with the historical and moral obligation to restitute art works and cultural assets to their legal owners or their heirs, today there are additional questions that apply to the content particularly of the academic disciplines of art history, ethnology and archaeology as well as art technology and conservation studies, and which extend to issues of international cultural asset transfer and thus to legal and political aspects of the origin of artefacts. Continue reading “CFP: Section Provenance, Fourth Swiss Congress of Art History (Mendrisio, 6-8 June 2019)”

CFP: Fourth Swiss Congress of Art History (Mendrisio, 6-8 Jun 18)

Università della Svizzera italiana, Mendrisio, June 6 – 08, 2019
Deadline: Mar 31, 2018

[Italian version here]

Call for Panels for the Fourth Swiss Congress of Art History

For the first time, the Swiss Congress of Art History will be held in Italian-speaking Switzerland from 6 to 8 June 2019, following previous meetings in Berne, Lausanne and Basel. The conference is organized by the Swiss Association of Art Historians SAAH and the Istituto di Storia e Teoria dell’Arte e dell’Architettura ISA (Accademia di architettura, Università della Svizzera italiana, Mendrisio). In the tradition of its predecessors, this meeting aims to reflect current art-historical research in Switzerland in its full breadth: Which topics, questions, theoretical approaches and methods prevail in the debates of the various disciplines and institutions, in national and international discussions? Where do interdisciplinary perspectives emerge? What current challenges is the discipline as a whole facing, and what are the problems arising in individual areas? Continue reading “CFP: Fourth Swiss Congress of Art History (Mendrisio, 6-8 Jun 18)”