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Restitution of Works of Art: A Wish or a Reality? A conference organised by the Czech Documentation Center for Property Transfers of Cultural Assets of WWll Victims 24-26 October 2007

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The third conference organised by the Czech Documentation Centre for Property Transfers of Cultural Assets of WW II Victims was held in Liberec between 24-26 October 2007.  See programme for details and below. 

 
PROGRAMME 25 October 2007 

1. PANEL WORKS OF ART AND THEIR DESTINY
Whom did they belong? The original owners and their confiscated property.

10:00 – 12:00    Chairman: Jan Munk (Czech Republic)

10:00 – 10:20    Milos Kadlec (Czech Republic) Practical Experiences in Restitution of Movable Funds of
                        the State Castle Sychrov.

10:20 – 10:40    Ewa Mork (Norway) Norway: The Restitution Process and the Result.

10:40 – 11:00    Jirina Novakova (Czech Republic) Museum of Jind?ich Waldes.

11:00 – 11:20    J?nis Kalna?s (Latvia) M?rija Gr?nberga Junior´s Travel with the Latvian Museums and
                        Archives C
ollection. October 1944 - February 1946.

11:20 – 11:40    Helena Krejcova (Czech Republic) Post-war restitution in Czechoslovakia, its diversity and
                        problems.

11:40 – 12:00    Discussion

12:00 – 13:00    Lunch


2. PANEL CORRECTION OF INJUSTICE
Legal aspects of the restitution – particular cases.

13:00 – 15:20    Chairman: Tomáš Kraus (Czech Republic)

13:00 – 13:20    Patrick J. Boylan (Great Britain) The International Council of Museums (ICOM). Mediation
                        Policy and Restitution Claims.

13:20 – 13:40    Ales Pejchal (Czech Republic) Problems of Restitution with Regard to the Act Nr.
                        212/2000 Sb.
13:40 – 14:00    Lucien Kalfon (France) The Situation in France: Between Restitution and Compensation,
                        the Difficult
Question of Works of Art.

14:00 – 14:20    Olaf Ossmann (Germany) The Term „verfolgungsbedingter Vermögensverlust“ (Persecution
                        Related
Deprivation of Property) as Basis of Restitution and Compensation Law in
                       
Germany. Conclusions for Restitution of Art.

14:20 – 14:40    Kamil Zeidler (Poland) How to Get and not to Give. About Injustice in Restitutions.

14:40 – 15:00    Jan Bank (Netherlands) Restitution policy in the Netherlands 2002–2006 The Koenigs
                        collection and the Goudstikker case

15:00 – 15:20    Discussion

15:20 – 15:40    Coffee Break

3. PANEL THE PAST, THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE OF THE LOST BOOKS, LIBRARIES AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.
Search and identification of the lost books, libraries and musical instruments. The methodology of the provenience research in different countries.

15:40 – 17:40    Chairman: Ji?í Kocian (Czech Republic)

15:40 – 16:00    Sem Christian Sutter (USA) The Fate of Books Confiscated in the Möbel-Aktion.

16:00 – 16:20    Dario Tedeschi (Italy) The Libraries of the Jewish Community in Rome and of the 
                        Italian Rabbinical
College Looted by the Nazis: the Work of the Commission Created
                        by the 
Italian Government for the Research.

16:20 – 16:40    Patricia Grimsted (USA) Sudeten Crossroads for Europe’s Displaced Books.

16:40 – 17:00    Evelyn Adunka (Austria) Recent Developments on the Restitution and Research of
                        Looted Books
in Austria.

17:00 – 17:20    Veronika Prochazkova (Czech Republic) Saraval´s inheritance.

17:20 – 17:40    Discussion

21:00 Night guided Tour - Sychrov Castle


PROGRAMME 26 October 2007

4. PANEL IS IT STILL POSSIBLE TO FIND THE LOST ART?
The search and the identification of the lost, confiscated and displaced works of art.

9:00 – 11:00    Chairwoman: Helena Koenigsmarková (Czech Republic)

9:00 – 9:20      Anna B. Rubin (USA) The Holocaust Claims Processing Office: A Decade of Unearthing 
                      the Missing
Pieces.

9:20 – 9:40      Shauna Isaac (Great Britain) The Role of Technology in Finding Looted Art.

9:40 – 10:00    Tiina Koivulahti (Finland) Provenance Research and Finnish Collections.

10:00 – 10:20   Uwe Hartmann (Germany) "Red Flags“and "Missing Links“. A Short Report about the
                       German
Lost Art Project Experience in Opening and Publishing Provenance Research
                      
Resources.

10:20 – 10:40   Sarah Jackson (Great Britain) The Art Loss Register – A Tool for Provenance Research.

10:40 – 11:00   Discussion

11:00 – 11:20   Coffee Break

5. PANEL THE WAY BACK?
Export licences for the works of art returned to the original owners.

11:20 – 12:20   Chairman: Pavel Jirásek (Czech Republic)

11:20 – 11:40   Aleksandra Murre (Estonia) Restitution of the Panting by Albrecht Dürer “John the Baptist” 
                       from the Art
Museum of Estonia to Its Former Owner Bremen Kunsthalle.

11:40 – 12:00   Jaromír Kalus (Czech Republic) Silesian Museum in Opava – Experiences with the
                       Restitutions.

12:00 – 12:20   Hillary Bauer (Great Britain) The Handling of Claims for Spoliated Cultural Objects in the
                       UK.

12:20 – 12:40   Discussion

12:40 – 13:40   Lunch

6. PANEL THE FIRST SEGMENTS OF THE MOSAIC
The archives and their importance to clarify the origins of the confiscated cultural assets.

13:40 – 15:40   Chairman: Vít Vlnas (Czech Republic)

13:40 – 14:00   Hanna Pirinen (Finland) National borders and International Challenges in Documentation
                       of Sources
of Provenance Research.

14:00 – 14:20   Václav Erben (Czech Republic) Archive of the National Gallery in Prague – Significant
                       Sources of I
nformation on the Works of Art Looted during the WW II.

14:20 – 14:40   Michel Vermote (Belgium) In Search of Information Lost in Facts. The Archival Research
                       Concerning
Belgian Cultural Losses during WWII

14:40 – 15:00   Monika Sedlakova (Czech Republic) Confiscation and Restitution of Jewish Property –
                       Archival Sources of
National Archive’s Funds with a View to Works of Art.

15:00 – 15:20   Discussion

15:20 – 15:40   Conclusion

 
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