Specialist Conference „20 Years Washington Principles: Roadmap for the Future“
Workshop A – Curating Provenance Research – 28.11.2018 9.30-12.30
The Washington Principles are closely linked to the recognition of injustice and suffering. Cultural institutions can play a crucial role in the culture of remembrance. The workshop dedicates itself to the visibility of stories behind looted objects and their provenance. In a Best-Practice-Slam, eight exemplary exhibitions will be put forward and their execution further discussed in small groups in the form of a Provenance Café. Thereby key issues will be addressed such as displaying provenance marks on cultural objects and visualizing networks, communicating complex issues in exhibitions through text or the use of new media.
Speakers: Peter Forster (Museum Wiesbaden), Darja Hesse and Tobias Schlage (Deutsches Historisches Museum), Jasmin Hartmann (Kulturdezernat der Stadt Düsseldorf), Mathias Listl (Kunsthalle Mannheim), Sabine Mücke (Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen), Tessa Rosebrock (Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe), Iris Schmeisser (Städel Museum Frankfurt), Anna von Villiez (Staats-und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg)
Hosted by: Sophie Leschik (Scientific Staff Provenance Research, German Lost Art Foundation), Maria Obenaus (Personal Assistant to the Honorary Executive Board, German Lost Art Foundation)
Workshop B – Provenance Research and Data Protection Laws - 28.11.2018 9.30-12.30
Not only since the discovery of the Gurlitt art trove in Munich has transparency been considered the highest principle of provenance research. Descendants of Shoah victims rightly call for the open communication of provenance research results, but demand from academics, policymakers and the public for information and exchange is also immense. How could networks and research databases possibly operate without exchanging the necessary data? At the same time, intellectual property and personal rights obtain; the EU General Data Protection regulation (EU-GDPR) came into effect in May 2018 and defines the fundamental right of living natural persons to informational self-determination with regard to the processing of their personal data, while postmortem confidentiality applies to the deceased.
After an introduction, working groups will examine practical aspects by evaluating representative research reports and discussing the requirements for research databases.
Hosted by: Andrea Baresel-Brand (Head lost Art and Documentation, German Lost Art Foundation), Mathias Weller (Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach- Professorship, Civil law, art and cultural property protection law, University of Bonn)
Workshop C – Provenance Research in Education – 28.11.2018 – 1.30-4.30 pm
The public transmission of the results of provenance research through education programs and cultural-learning approaches is one of the key topics of the conference. This important task of cultural and societal dialogue regarding provenance research is a new responsibility for museums, libraries and archives. The workshop focuses on innovative and participatory education formats. A peer-to-peer exchange of insights gained through first-hand experience with innovative new approaches in the field is the goal. The discussion will also focus on the question of what role new concepts in education programs can play regarding a new approach to the remembrance when the personal history and testimonials of survivors will no longer be available in the future. The viewpoints and ideas of young people who have participated in pilot projects will be part of the workshop and may generate ideas for innovative education projects in this emerging field.
Speakers: Lukas Bächer (Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland), Vanessa von Kolpinski (Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste), Annika Nowak-Wetterau and David Studniberg (Jüdisches Museum Berlin), Iris Schmeisser (Städel Museum Frankfurt), Maria Obenaus and Julia Weber (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden)
Hosted by: Maria Obenaus (Personal Assistant to the Honorary Executive Board, German Lost Art Foundation), Freya Paschen (Head Department for Communication and Public Relations, German Lost Art Foundation)
Workshop D – Genealogy and Heir Search – 28.11.2018 – 1.30-4.30 pm
To conduct an heir search, genealogical investigation is a necessary precondition. But what are, in fact, the tools and methods, the resources and strategies – and how can they be used best? In this workshop, genealogists, provenance researchers, and other practitioners will share their knowledge and insights. In addition to receiving a general overview, participants will also work in small groups and, guided by the experts, will apply some of the presented methods. What actually does work well? What does remain tricky in the end? And, t what point is additional help definitely needed? The workshop will attempt to provide answers while also leaving room for exchange of participants´ experiences.
Speakers: Andrea Detling (Verein für Computergenealogie e.V.), Sebastian Finsterwalder (Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin), Thekla Kluttig (Sächsisches Staatsarchiv), Pascal Prause (Arbor Erbenermittlung GmbH), Anneke de Rudder (Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg)
Hosted by: Mathias Deinert (Scientific Staff Provenance Research, German Lost Art Foundation), Isabel von Klitzing (Owner Provenance Research & Art Consulting)