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Conference in Cambridge—“From Refugees to Restitution: The History of Nazi Looted Art in the UK in Transnational Perspective”

Posted by Nicholas O'Donnell on January 31, 2017 at 10:55 AM

I am speaking at a conference on March 23-24, 2017 at the University of Cambridge (UK) entitled “From Refugees to Restitution: The History of Nazi Looted Art in the UK in Transnational Perspective.”  My presentation will address the various national panels created in response to the Washington Conference by European countries to address claims for Nazi-looted art in state collections.  The roster of speakers is impressive (present company excluded), and it promises to be a fascinating two days.  The program is available here, and the conference website is here

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Topics: Events, Victoria Louise Steinwachs, Debbie De Girolamo, Sotheby's, Tabitha I. Oost, Evelien Campfens, Leiden University, Bianca Gaudenzi, Emily Löffler, Landesmuseum Mainz, Michaela Sidenberg, Jewish Museum Prague, Mary Kate Cleary, Art Recovery Group, Robert Holzbauer, Leopold Museum, Tessa Rosebrock, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe, Laurel Zuckerman, Shlomit Steinberg, Emmanuelle Polack, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris, London, Richard Aronowitz-Mercer, Fluchtgut, Maike Brueggen, Nathalie Neumann, Diana Kostyrko, Simone Gigliotti, Royal Holloway University of London, Elizabeth Campbell, University of Denver, Anne O. Popham, Marc Masurovsky, Holocaust Art Restitution Project, Angelina Giovani, Jewish Claims Conference, Ulrike Schmiegelt-Rietig, Wiesbaden, Jennifer Gramer, Agata Wolska, Nicholas M. O'Donnell, Johannes Nathan, Nathan Fine Art GmbH, Potsdam, Friederike Schwelle, Art Loss Register, Isabel von Klitzing, Provenance Research & Art Consulting, Frankfurt, Pierre Valentin, Constantine Cannon LLP

Changes to Limbach Commission Announced, Real Change Now Seems Out of Reach

Posted by Nicholas O'Donnell on November 15, 2016 at 10:43 AM

Three New Members Are Added but German Museums Can Still Decline to Participate

After nearly a year of hinting at changes the Advisory Commission in Germany that makes recommendations to state museums on claims for allegedly Nazi-looted works in their collections (“Beratende Kommission im Zusammenhang mit der Rückgabe NS-verfolgungsbedingt entzogener Kulturgüter, insbesondere aus jüdischem Besitz,” or “Advisory Commission on the return of cultural property seized as a result of Nazi persecution, especially Jewish property”), the federal government announced last week the addition of three new members.  Yet despite public outcry over the outdated and opaque procedures of the commission (better known as the Limbach Commission, in reference to the late Jutta Limbach, presiding member and former judge of the Constitutional Court), none of the fundamental flaws in the panel have been confronted or addressed.  Instead, the occasion has served as little more than another photo opportunity for federal Minister of Culture Monika Grütters, whose visage dutifully accompanies all the recent announcements.

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Topics: Limbach Commission, Beratende Kommission, NS Raubkunst, Gurlitt, Looted Art, Legislation, Raphael Gross, Gary Smith, Marion Eckart-Hofer, Simon Dubnow Institute, American Academy in Berlin, Stefan Koldehoff, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Monika Grütters, Rudiger Mahlo, Bavarian State Paintings Collection, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Jewish Claims Conference, World War II, Restitution

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