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Art Restitution in Austria: Restitutions from the Federal Collections Conference Austrian Cultural Forum New York 4-5 March 2010

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Day 1, March 4: 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. – SPECIAL EVENT FOR LAWYERS AND EXPERTS IN THE FIELD OF ART RESTITUTION

9.30 a.m. Welcome Table 

9.45 a.m. Introduction
 
10.00 a.m. – 10.45 a.m.
Looting of art during the Nazi era in Austria (1938-1945) - Historical and political outline
Presentation by Michael John, Historian and Political Scientist, University of Linz
 
Followed by Discussion and Q&A (Moderator: Christian Kennedy, US State Department, Washington D.C.) (tbc)
 
11.15 a.m. – 12.00 a.m.
The Austrian Art Restitution Law (”Kunstrückgabegesetz 1998”) as the legal basis of art restitution from the Federal Collections against the background of private and international law. The origins of this bill as well as its amendment in 2009
Presentation by Georg Graf, Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies
 
Followed by a Discussion and Q&A (Moderator: Christian Kennedy, US State Department, Washington D.C.) (tbc)
 
Lunchbreak
 
2.00 p.m. – 2.45 p.m.
The Commission for Provenance Research – its activities since 1998: from its origin to an established research facility
Presentation by Leonhard Weidinger, Historian, Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna (MAK)
 
2.45 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.
The Art Restitution Advisory Board – outline of its functions and decisions
Presentation by Christoph Bazil, Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture (BMUKK)
 
Coffee Break
 
4.00 p.m.
Panel Discussion
“Austrian Art Restitution”; Christian Kennedy (tbc) in conversation with Michael John, Georg Graf, Leonhard Weidinger, Christoph Bazil, Steven Beller , Marc Masurovsky
 
 
Day 2, MARCH 5: 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. – PUBLIC EVENT “AUSTRIAN ART RESTITUTION”

Presenters: Christoph Bazil, Leonhard Weidinger
 
Topics:
·         Looted Art and Art Restitution in Austria since 1945 (overview)
 
·         Survey of the Austrian Art Restitution Law  („Kunstrückgabegesetz 1998“) and the activities of the Commission for Provenance Research and the Art Restitution Advisory Board
 
·         Practice of art restitution in Austria: options as well as information of the proceeding
 
Coffeebreak
 
Followed by a Discussion and Q&A
 
 
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