"Kunst und Profit. Museen und der französische Kunstmarkt im Zweiten Weltkrieg" published by de Gruyter.
Kunst und Profit. Museen und der französische Kunstmarkt im Zweiten Weltkrieg (“Art and profit. Museums and the French art market in the Second World War”) is the title of a German-French anthology now published by de Gruyter. The editors of the anthology are art historians Elisabeth Furtwängler and Mattes Lammert, while the foreword is by Bénédicte Savoy and Gilbert Lupfer.
During the Second World War, it was not only Adolf Hitler and Hermann Göring who took advantage of the occupation of France to enrich their art collections. Due to the large supply of works, not least from Jewish ownership, and also the advantageous exchange rate, the art market there offered favourable opportunities from which German museums likewise profited significantly. French museums such as the Louvre also expanded their collections during this period. While most of the acquisitions of German museums were restituted after the war and have since been exhibited in France, some have remained in collections to this day and are only now coming into the focus of research. Based on case studies, this anthology provides the first overall account of the activities undertaken by museums during the Second World War from both a German and a French perspective – one of the largest relocations of cultural assets of the 20th century in Europe.
Furtwängler, E. & Lammert, M. (2022). Kunst und Profit: Museen und der französische Kunstmarkt im Zweiten Weltkrieg. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter.
300 pages, 84 illustrations