CONF: Rekonstruktion des ‘Fuehrerbau-Diebstahls’ (Muenchen, 8 May 19)

Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Vortragssaal Raum 242, II. OG, Katharina-von-Bora-Str. 10, 80333 München, 08.05.2019

Kolloquium: Provenienz- und Sammlungsforschung (XI) – Die Rekonstruktion des ‚Führerbau-Diebstahls‘

Seit 2010 veranstaltet das Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte (ZI) regelmäßig Kolloquien zur Provenienz- und Sammlungsforschung. Das diesjährige Kolloquium legt den Schwerpunkt auf das Projekt “Die Rekonstruktion des ‘Führerbau-Diebstahls’ Ende April 1945 und Recherchen zum Verbleib der Objekte” am Zentralinstitut in München.


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Apply Now: German/American Provenance Research Exchange Program (PREP) 2019

 Call for Applications

The application deadline has been pushed to October 14 for the 2019 leg of Provenance Research Exchange Program (PREP), which gathers Museums Professionals in the USA and Germany.

The attachment contains information about the Program and a link to the application for 2019 — which will be its third and last year.

PREP is a unique program that was created to think strategically and collaboratively about Holocaust-era provenance research, and to foster transatlantic networking.

The Program was hosted by The Met and the Berlin State Museums in 2017; the 2018 participants went to the Getty Research Institute in February and will meet again in Munich in October, where PREP will be hosted by the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte.

In 2019, the new cohort of PREP participants will be hosted by the Dresden State Art Collections in the spring, and the Smithsonian Institution in DC in the fall.

For both week-long trips (Dresden and Washington DC), participants’ flight, room and board are covered by a German Government grant funded by the German Program for Transatlantic Encounters.

The organizing and partnering institutions of the German/American Provenance Research Exchange Program (PREP) for Museum Professionals, 2017-2019, announce the third and final year of the interdisciplinary exchange program for German and US museum professionals engaged with Nazi-era art provenance research—curators, collections managers, archivists, researchers, lawyers, and IT experts museum professionals—to consider how best to facilitate and collaborate on international research projects, and increase the transparency of its resources and results.

This year, the third and final of PREP’s program, will feature two Exchanges:

  • PREP-Dresden Exchange, hosted by the Dresden State Art Museums (March 17-22, 2019)
  • PREP-Washington, DC Exchange, hosted by the Smithsonian Institution (October 20-26, 2019)

Applications for 2019  will be open through September 28, 2019.  The program will cover travel, lodging, and meals for the 21 applicants whom PREP’s steering committee will select to participate in both Exchanges. Selection announcements will go out mid-November 2018.

PREP is co-organized by the Smithsonian Institution and the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation/Berlin State Museums). Its five partner institutions are the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Getty Research Institute in LA, the Dresden State Art Collections, the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte (ZI) in Munich, and the German Center for Lost Art in Magdeburg.

PREP launched in 2017 with the 1st Exchange at the Met in New York, and the corresponding, 2nd Exchange was at the Berlin State Museums. The 3rd Exchange was at the Getty Research Institute in LA., and the 4th PREP Exchange will be at the Central Institute for Art History (ZI) in Munich, October 8-12, 2019.

Major support for PREP comes through a German government grant funded by the German Program for Transatlantic Encounters, with additional financial support from Germany’s Federal Commission for Culture and Media, the program’s six key partners, and the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.

For questions about the German/American Provenance Research Exchange Program or the application process, please contact or

EXH.: Hugo Helbing Online Exhibition

On the occasion of the second Hugo Helbing Lecture, delivered on 26 April 2017 by Professor Craig Clunas (University of Oxford), the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich has inaugurated an online exhibition on Hugo Helbing (1863-1938) at Google Arts & Culture. Curated by Dr. Meike Hopp (TIAMSA member) and Melida Steinke MA, the exhibition consists of 41 slides (video of curator’s introduction, photos, documents) and explanatory texts presenting Helbing’s wide ranging activities as auctioneer and the „aryanizing“ of his business. It is available in both English and German:

Hugo Helbing Lecture – Exploring the Art Market, Munich

The 2017 Hugo Helbing Lecture – Exploring the Art Market

Prof. Craig Clunas (University of Oxford): „Marketing Art in China
from Ming to Modernity“

26 April 2017, 7pm
Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich
Großer Lesesaal

China is the site of what is the longest continuous art market tradition in the world, but that does not mean it is unchanged over time. This talk will focus on two particular moments of intense market activity in China, the early seventeenth century and the early twentieth century, to examine the continuities and differences between these two era. The diary of a late Ming ‘man of culture’, rich in the detail of an elite collector’s lifestyle, will be juxtaposed with the mass culture of newspaper advertisements placed by artists in Republican Shanghai; these texts, and the artworks they describes, will act as a focus for an investigation of the art market in China from Ming to modernity.

Hugo Helbing (1863–1938) was the founder and director of one of Germany’s foremost auction houses, the market leader in the German speaking countries between c. 1900 and 1935. At his headquarters in Munich, his branch offices in Frankfurt am Main and Berlin, as well as abroad, Helbing held more than 800 auctions, many of outstanding importance. His exquisite catalogues defined new standards in their exemplary assessment of objects and contributed significantly to Germany’s competitive position in the international art trade at the time. Helbing, who was honoured with many awards for his achievements and magnanimity, also published scholarly periodicals, among them the Monatsberichte über Kunstwissenschaft und Kunsthandel. Due to his Jewish origin Helbing was murdered in the wake of the ‘Reichspogromnacht’ in 1938.

The Hugo Helbing Lecture – Exploring the Art Market commemorates his achievements every year. It was first held in 2016 on the occasion of the donation of annotated auction catalogues from his firm to the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich.

For detailed information see:

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)