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Theft & Trade. The French Art Market Under German Occupation (1940-1944)

begin 2017.11.30
end 2017.12.01
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!