Newnham College, Cambridge
Lucia Windsor Room

The organisers are grateful for the generous support of Sotheby’s


Thursday 23 March 2017

09.30 -10.00

10.00 -10.30
Opening remarks, Bianca Gaudenzi, Lisa Niemeyer & Victoria L. Steinwachs

10.30 – 12.30
Panel I. A Paradigm Shift? From Legal to Moral Solutions in Restitution Practice
Commentator: Victoria Louise Steinwachs (Sotheby’s London)
– Debbie De Girolamo (Queen Mary, University of London), ‘Fair and Just Solutions – A Moniker for Moral Solutions?’
– Tabitha I. Oost (University of Amsterdam), ‘Restitution policies of Nazi-looted art in the Netherlands and the UK. A change from a legal to a moral paradigm?’
– Evelien Campfens (Leiden University), ‘Bridging the gap between ethics and law in looted art: the case for a transnational without soft law approach’

12.30 -14.00

14.00 -16.00
Panel II. Losing Art/Losing Identity: The Emotions of Material Culture
Commentator: Bianca Gaudenzi (University of Cambridge and Konstanz)
– Emily Löffler (Landesmuseum Mainz), ‘The J-numbers-collection in Landesmuseum Mainz. A case study on provenance, material culture and emotions’
– Michaela Sidenberg (Jewish Museum, Prague),‘Rescue/Ransom/Restitution: The struggle to preserve the collective memory of Czech and Moravian Jews’
– Mary Kate Cleary (Independent Researcher, New York), ‘Marie-Louise von Motesiczky: self-portraits of a woman artist as a refugee’

16.00 -16.30

16.30 – 18.30
Roundtable I. From Theory to Practice: Provenance Research in Museums
Chair: Robert Holzbauer (Leopold Museum, Vienna)
– Tessa Rosebrock (Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe), ‘Inventory records as a dead-end. On the purchases of French drawings by the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe from 1965 to 1990’
– Laurel Zuckerman (Author, Bry sur Marne), ‘Art Provenance Databases: Are They Fulfilling Their Promise? Comparative evaluation of ten major museum databases in the USA and the UK’
– Shlomit Steinberg (Israel Museum, Jerusalem), ‘What started as a trickle turned into a flow-restitution at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem’

Drinks reception, Hall (for speakers/chairs)

DINNER in Hall (for speakers/chairs)

Friday 24 March 2017

09.00 – 10.45
Panel III. The Postwar Art Market: The Impact of a Changing World
Commentator: Richard Aronowitz-Mercer (Sotheby’s London)
– Johannes Nathan (Nathan Fine Art GmbH, Potsdam), ‘Switzerland and Britain: Recontextualizing Fluchtgut’
– Nathalie Neumann (Independent Researcher, Berlin), ‘Have the baby born in England!’ The trans-European itinerary (1933-1941) of the art collector Julius Freund’
– Diana Kostyrko (Australian National University, Canberra), ‘Mute Witness: the Polish Poetess’

10.45 -11.15

11.15 -13.00
Panel IV. Restitution Initiatives and Postwar Politics in the United Kingdom
Commentator: Simone Gigliotti (Royal Holloway University of London)
– Elizabeth Campbell (University of Denver), ‘Monuments Woman: Anne O. Popham and British Restitution of Nazi-Looted Art’
– Marc Masurovsky (Holocaust Art Restitution Project), ‘Operation Safehaven (1944-49): Framing the postwar discussion on restitution of Nazi looted art through British lenses’
– Angelina Giovani (Jewish Claims Conference – Jeu de Paume Database), ‘A case study: Looting the artist: The modern British paintings that never came back from France’


Panel V. Conflicting Interests: Restitution, National Politics and Vergangenheitsbewältigung across Postwar Europe
Commentator: Lisa Niemeyer (Independent Researcher, Wiesbaden)
– Ulrike Schmiegelt-Rietig (Wiesbaden Museum), ‘A Cold War hostage? The restitution of the Pechora treasure’
– Jennifer Gramer (University of Wisconsin-Madison), ‘Dangerous or Banal? Nazi Art & American Occupation in Postwar Germany and US’
– Agata Wolska (Independent researcher, Krakow), ‘The Vaucher Committee as International Restitution Body – the Abandoned Idea’
– Nicholas O’Donnell (Sullivan & Worcester LLP, Boston), ‘Comparison of statutory & regulatory origins of restitutionary commissions in Germany, Austria, NL & UK after WWII’

16.00 – 16.30

16.30 – 18.00
Roundtable II. From Theory to Practice: Provenance & the Art Market
Chair: Johannes Nathan (Nathan Fine Art GmbH, Potsdam)
– Isabel von Klitzing (Provenance Research & Art Consulting, Frankfurt) and Pierre Valentin (Constantine Cannon LLP, London), ‘From Theory to practice – when collectors want to do the right thing’
Richard Aronowitz-Mercer (Sotheby’s London),‘The Importance of Provenance Research to an International Auction House’
– Friederike Schwelle (Art Loss Register, London), ‘The difference between US and UK in resolving claims for Nazi looted art’

18.00 End of the conference

 Please register by 1 March 2017 by emailing thelootedartconference@gmail.com

Registration fee 35£ (25£ for students)