TIAMSA Member News: “Collecting and the Value of Provenance” – Session VI of the 5th Swiss Congress for Art History, chaired by Christian Huemer and Johannes Nathan (Univ. of Zurich, 23 June 2022)

Provenance information can significantly increase or diminish an artwork’s intrinsic and monetary value. In addition, the relative weight given to provenance information has in itself been subject to momentous revaluations in the course of time. While some periods tended to marginalize its significance, others generally stressed the importance of provenance information.

Moreover, ideological currents and historic developments not only drive the physical migration of cultural property, they also convey sweeping positive or negative connotations to the resulting object histories – connotations which may in themselves be subject to later revisions. The approach of the market, art collectors and museums to provenance information is clearly affected by such tectonic shifts. This panel will explore and illustrate the changes in the status of provenance information, not only in recent decades, but also in earlier times.

13.30 – Introduction: Christian Huemer, Belvedere Research Center, Vienna & TIAMSA / Johannes Nathan, TU Berlin & TIAMSA
13.45 – Provenance et connoisseurship: les manuscrits à peintures français du XVe siècle
Constantin Favre, University of Geneva

14.15 – Paths of Possession: The Politics of Provenance in the Cabinet of Drawings of Charles de Cobenzl (1712 – 1771)
Catherine Phillips, European University, St Petersburg

14.45 – Coffee Break

15.15 – Forged, Embellished, Suppressed: Creating and Concealing Provenance for America’s Millionaire Collectors around 1900
Esmée Quodbach, Independent Scholar, Princeton, NJ

15.45 – Darstellungsweisen von Provenienzen in Werkverzeichnissen und Datenbanken von Museen, mit Fokus auf Namen und Gender
Sonja Niederacher, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

16.15 – Entre «le maître de Buli» et «le uli Loeb-Walden-Vérité»: labelliser les objets d’Afrique et d’Océanie pour les sortir de l’anonymat
Tamara Schild & Marion Bertin, School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris
The deadline for the Congress Registration is 15 May 2022.
For the full congress programme, registration and additional information, see: https://www.vkks.ch/de/aktivitaeten/kongresse