Theft & Trade. The French Art Market Under German Occupation (1940-1944)
Location Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Organizer German Lost Art Foundation
Each fall, the German Lost Art Foundation hosts a specialist conference. This year, noted French and German experts will give lectures on the subject of systematic art theft in France, reviewing the results of research performed on this topic in both countries under the heading "Theft & Trade. The French Art Market Under German Occupation (1940-1944)".
Who were the stakeholders, and who the despoiled? How did Nazi policies, art historical expertise and market interests mesh? How did the collaboration work? The conference will explore all these questions, additionally creating a thematic focus via the presentation of new research outcomes on acquisitions by Hildebrand Gurlitt in France. Works of art from the so-called "Schwabing Art Trove" will be introduced in the exhibition "Dossier Gurlitt. Nazi Art Theft and its Consequences", which will run at the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle Bonn at the same time.
The conference will be taking place in collaboration with the Deutsche Forum für Kunstgeschichte Paris (German Art History Forum Paris) and the Forum Kunst und Markt at the Technische Universität Berlin (Center for Art Market Studies at Berlin's Technical University). Conference languages are German and French!