Nazi-Era Provenance Research: The Importance of Transnational Exchange

Friday, October 25, 2019, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Panel Discussion at the GHI
Panelists: Sharon Cott (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) Gero Dimter (Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin), Stuart Eizenstat (US Department of State), Irmgard Fellner (Foreign Federal Office, Republic of Germany), Christian Fuhrmeister (Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich), Richard Kurin (Smithsonian Institution), Simone Lässig (German Historical Institute Washington), Anne Helmreich (Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles), Lynn Nicholas, and Laurie Stein (Smithsonian Institution)

Co-organized by the GHI Washington, Smithsonian Institution, and Goethe Institut, Washington, DC

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This program will reflect on the historical development of Holocaust-era provenance research in museums and research institutions over the past 20 years, from challenging beginnings to present-day accomplishments. German and American experts will compare and contrast approaches to this work; consider how access to research resources and to provenance online have been supported and sustained in our institutions; and explore the vital role of transnational exchange. More broadly, they will discuss the civic role museums play, and how historical, political, and legal contexts impact provenance research at museums.

This panel discussion has been organized in conjunction with the 6th German/American Provenance Research Exchange Program (PREP), which brings together museum professionals from both sides of the Atlantic specializing in World War II-era provenance projects.