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"The West” Versus "The East“ or the United Europe? The different conceptions of provenance research, documentation and identification of looted cultural assets and the possibilities of international co-operation in Europe and in the world, Podebrady, Czech Republic, 8-9 October 2013

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5th International Conference held under the auspices of Alena Hanakova, Minister of Culture Karel Schwarzenberg, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, October 8 – 9, 2013, the Spa Town of Podebrady, Czech Republic.

The international conference will point to the diverse conceptions and interpretations of provenance research implemented mainly in the European countries as well as in the world and will also highlight the requests made on this research by the various subjects of the restitution process.We believe to bring together all those, whose activities are focused on the Nazi-era looted cultural objects and their return back to the original owners or their heirs.

Conference organised by the Czech Documentation Centre for Property Transfers of Cultural Assets of WW II Victims

For the conference program as a pdf, click here. Otherwise see full details below.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM 

 

 

PANEL SCHEDULE

October 8, 2013

 

 

CHAIR /CONFERENCE SPEAKER / INSTITUTION

 

PANEL/CONFERENCE PAPER

 

 

8:30 – 9:00  

 

 

Registration

 

 

 

 

9:00 – 10:00

 

 

Conference Opening

 

 

 

 

 

10:00 – 11:30

PANEL 1

 

Chair

 JUDr. TOMAS KRAUS

Federation of Jewish Communities

Czech Republic

 

 THE PROBLEMS OF PROVENANCE RESEARCH IN

THE COUNTRIES OF  SO-CALLED FORMER EASTERN BLOC AND

 IN THE COUNTRIES OF  WESTERN EUROPE

 

 

 

10:00 – 10:15

 

 

NAWOJKA LOBKOWICZ

Freelancer

 Poland

 

 

Provenance Research and  Its Geopolitical Determination

 

 

10:15 – 10:30

 

 

 Drs. MICHEL VERMOTE

Amsab – Institute of Social History Belgium

 

 

Work in Progress

(working title)

 

10:30 – 10:45

 

 

BEATE SCHREIBER

Facts & Files

Germany

 

 

Old Restitution Cases – New  Research Sources

 

 

10:45 – 11:00

 

 

 

Mag. EVA DONNERHACK

Sotheby´s

 Austria

 

Introduction into Different Perspectives of Provenance Research in an International Auction House Exemplified on the Basis of Selected Cases

 

 

11:00 – 11:30

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

 

 

11:30 – 12:00

 

 

COFFEE- BREAK

 

 

 

 

12:00 – 13:30

 PANEL 2

 

 

Chair

Mgr. RENATA KOSTALOVA

Documentation Centre

Czech Republic

 

 POSSIBILITIES OF THE INTERNATIONAL

CO-OPERATION IN   PROVENANCE RESEARCH

 

 

 

12:00 – 12:15

 

Mag. ANITA STELZL-GALLIAN

Commission for Provenance Research Austria

 

 

Commission for Provenance Research –  State Provenance Research

 

12:15 – 12:30

 

 

ISABEL von KLITZING

Dr. ANNA DOST

Provenance Research - Law Offices von Trott zu Solz Lammek

Germany

 

 

 

 

A Madonna´s Journey from Munich to Belgrade

 

12:30 – 12:45

 

 

Dr. ROBERT HOLZBAUER

Leopold Museum Private Foundation

Austria

 

 

Creating a Transatlantic  „International Community for Provenance Research / IProC“

 

12:45 – 13:00

 

JANE MILOSCH

Smithsonian Institution

USA

 

 

 

Creating a Community of International Exchange: World War II-Era Provenance Research Projects at the Smithsonian Institution

 

 

13:00 – 13:30

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

 

 

 

 

13:30 – 14:30

 

 

LUNCH

 

 

 

 

 

 

14:30 – 16:00

PANEL 3

 

 

Chair

PhDr. HELENA KOENIGSMARKOVA

Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague

Czech Republic

 

 

 RESTITUTIONS OF LOOTED, LOST AND SPOLIATED CULTURAL ASSETS

 

14:30 – 14:45

 

Dr. FELICITAS THURN VALSASSINA

Dorotheum

Austria

 

Looted, Lost and Spoiled Cultural Assets – Ethical Standards for the Art Trade and its Limits

 

14:45 – 15:00

 

ANNE ROTHFELD

Ph.D. Candidate/ American University,

USA

 

 

Gustav Rochlitz:

An Undistinguishable Art Dealer

 in the Business for Plunder

 

 

15:00 – 15:15

 

Dr. THIERRY BAJOU

Ministry for Culture and Communication

France

 

 

The Restitutions of Cultural Assets in France since 2008

 

15:15 – 15:30

 

Dr. EVELIEN CAMPFENS

Restitutions Committee

 The Netherlands

 

 

Alternative Dispute Resolution and Nazi-Looted Art Claims: the Example of the Dutch Restitutions Committee

 

 

 

15:30 – 16:00

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

 

 

18:00 – 21:00

 

RECEPTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER 9, 2013

9:30 – 11:00

 PANEL 4

 

 

 

Chair

PhDr. HELENA KREJCOVA

Documentation Centre

Czech Republic

 

STANDARDS FOR

 NAZI-LOOTED ART CLAIMS

IN PRACTISE

 

 

9:30 – 9:45

 

 

Dr. RAYMOND J. DOWD

Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller  LLP

 USA

 

Legal Obstacles to

the Recovery of Artwork

in the United States After

the Washington Conference

on Nazi-Confiscated Art

 

9:45 – 10:00

 

 

SHLOMIT STEINBERG

The Israel Museum Jerusalem

Israel

 

 

Three Stops on the Road to Recovery. Three Restitution Cases

 

10:00 – 10:15

 

 

 SEBASTIAN FINSTERWALDER  

 Peter PRÖLβ

ZLB Library

Germany

 

 

Tracing the Rightful Owners /NS-Looted Books in the Central  and Regional Library Berlin

 

10:15 – 10:30

 

 

ANNE WEBBER

Commission for Looted Art in Europe

Great Britain

 

 

Restitution – Fair, Equitable, Achievable?

(working title)

 

10:30 – 11:00

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

 

11:00 – 11:30

 

 

COFFEE- BREAK

 

 

 

 

 

11:30 – 12:30

 PANEL 5

 

 

Chair

Ing. JIRI CISTECKY

Ministry of Foreign Affaires

Czech Republic

 

FOUR YEARS AFTER THE PRAGUE CONFERENCE AND

 THE TEREZIN DECLARATION

 

 

 

11:30 – 11:45

 

 

Dr. WESLEY A. FISHER

Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany

USA

 

 

Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? Four Years After the Prague Conference and the Terezin Declaration

 

 

11:45 – 12:15

 

 

Dr. PATRICIA KENNEDY GRIMSTED

Ukrainian Research Institute,

Davis Center for Russian and

 Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

  USA

 

Reconstructing ERR Cultural Plunder and Hope for Retrieval: Access to Archives Est and West

 

12:15 – 12:30

 

 

Prof. dr. hab. KAMIL ZEIDLER

University of Gdansk

Poland

 

 

The Philosophy  of Restitutions: Theory of Argumentation in Restitution Cases

 

12:30 – 13:00

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

 

13:00 – 14:00

 

LUNCH

 

 

 

14:00 – 15:15

PANEL 6

 

 

 

CHAIR

Prof. MECISLAV BORAK, CSc.

 

 

 PROVENANCE RESEARCH AS A NEW ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE

 

 

 

14:00 – 14:15

 

 

 

Prof. Dr. phil. FRANK  MÖBUS

Georg-August University Göttingen  Germany

 

 

What We Have But What We Need.

The Estimated Collapse of Provenance Research Concerning Nazi-Looted Cultural Objects

 

 

14:15 – 14:30

 

 

TIINA KOIVULAHTI, Lic.Phil. 

 HANNA PIRINEN, Ph.D.

 University of Jyväskylä

Finland

 

 

Provenance Research as a Challenge to Teaching and Researching Art History –

 a Finnish Example

 

 

14:30 – 14:45

 

 

Dr. MEIKE HOFFMANN

Free University Berlin

 Germany

 

 

A New Challenge for an Old and Almost Forgotten Academic Discipline. Training on Provenance Research at the Free University of Berlin

 

 

14:45 – 15:00

 

Mag. ALEXANDRA CHAVA SEYMANN

Jewish Museum Vienna

Austria

 

 

Provenance Research, Restitution and Recontextualisation of Judaica with Special Focus on the Role of Jewish Museums in European and International Documentation

and Education

 

 

15:00 – 15:30

 

DISCUSSION  

 

 

 

15:30 – 15:45

 

CONCLUSION

 

 

 

Date: 

October, 8 – 9, 2013

Conference venue:  

 conference will be held in the Chateau Theatre, Jiri z Podebrad Square 1/I , Podebrady

How to get there?

 

Official conference languages:

Czech, English (simultaneous interpretation)

 

Refreshment and lunches:

provided during the conference by Chateau Restaurant

Auspices:

conference is held under the auspices of

Mgr. Alena Hanakova, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic and

Karel Schwarzenberg, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

 

Organization:

Documentation Centre for Property Transfers of Cultural Assets

of WW II Victims, p. b. o.

Cs. armady 34/828

160 00  Prague 6

Czech Republic

Tel. +420 211 152 190 – 191

e-mail: internationalconference@seznam.cz  www.cdmp.cz 

The 5th International conference is organized with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.


ON-LINE REGISTRATION FORM:


* REGISTRATION FEES *

Registration by June 30               € 100,-

Registration July 1 – August 31   € 120,-

Registration by September 30      € 150,- 

Conference fee includes:

conference brochure, simultaneous translation, refreshment (2x coffee-break, 2 x lunch),

admission free at the reception

Registration fee does not include the costs related to the transport and accommodation.

*PAYMENT*

* By bank transfer only*

Payment details required by your bank by using this method of payment:

By order of: /please enter the name of your institution/

Recipient of payment (name of the Czech institution):

Centrum pro dokumentaci majekovych prevodu kulturnich statku obeti

II. svetove valky, o.p.s.

Address of the Czech Bank: 

Ceska Sporitelna, Region Praha, Vitezne namesti 817/9,

160 00 Praha 6, Ceska republika

Beneficiary’s account:

000000-2513821399/0800

BIC (Swift Code): 

GIBACZPX

IBAN: 

CZ42 0800 0000 0025 1382 1399

Note: /in order to identify your payment, please enter your name!!/

 

IMPORTANT:

Please note, the bank charges  linked up with the bank transfer are paid by the payer.

After receiving the conference fee the Documentation Centre will confirm your payment by e-mail.

For an immediate identification of your payment , please do not forget to enter your name into the Note .

No payment received after September 30, 2013 can be accepted.

*CANCELLATION*

In case of cancellation of your payment, please kindly send an e-mail to:

internationalconference@seznam.cz

·       Cancellation fee by September 30, 2013 ………….50% of registration fee

·       Cancellation fee after September 30, 2013 …….100% of registration fee


GENERAL INFORMATION

In order to go to Podebrady, you have to reach either the railway stations (In Czech Masarykovo nadrazi or Hlavni nadrazi) or bus station (Cerny Most)

1/Transport from the airport to the city centre of Prague

a/ Arriving by plane

Airport Express:

http://www.dpp.cz/en/bus-ae-airport-express/

Take the Airport Express for Masarykovo nadrazi or Hlavni nadrazi (railway stations for Pedebrady)

Public transport:

http://www.dpp.cz/en/daytime-operation/

If you decide to take a bus No. 119, which takes you to Dejvicka metro (line A), you have to go:

either to “Mustek” station (transfer station between lines A and B in order to change for Namesti Republiky (exit – Masarykovo nadrazi - a railway station for Podebrady)

or to “Muzeum” station (transfer station between lines A and C in order to change for Hlavni nadrazi  – a railway station for Podebrady).

 

b/ Arriving by train

All railway stations are connected with metro stations in Prague.

You may leave Prague for Podebrady from:

Masarykovo nadrazi (Masaryk Railway Station, metro line B – station Namesti Republiky, exit Masarykovo nadrazi)

Hlavni nadrazi (Central Railway Station, metro line C – station Hlavni nadrazi)


2/Transport from Prague to Podebrady

a/ By train:

There is a regular train service between Prague and Podebrady ensured by public transport company – Czech Railways. The trains leave Prague for Podebrady from Masarykovo nadrazi or Hlavni nadrazi.

To check the time and place of your departure, please have a look at:

http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/vlakyautobusy/spojeni/

(a timetable reservation system available also in)

The best way how to reach Podebrady by train is to choose the direct line between Prague and Podebrady. The journey takes between 40 – 60 minutes. Leaving Prague by train is also more comfortable as both of the departure places (Masarykovo and Hlavni nadrazi) are in the city centre and are easily reached by metro.

The price of one way ticket is about 100,- KC (approx. 4 €)

b/ By bus:

There is also a possibility to take a bus from Prague to Podebrady. In this case the place of departure is Bus Station – Cerny Most (terminus of metro line B).

Departure time of bus for Podebrady at:

http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/vlakyautobusy/spojeni/

The price of one way ticket is between 100 – 150 KC (4 – 6 €).

 

3. Accommodation

As this town became famous for its spa resort, you may find many hotels and guest houses in the centre of the town. With regard to that, we highly recommend to book your hotel in advance.

Hotels:

Lazensky hotel Zamecek **** - www.lazne-podebrady.cz

Spa Hotel Felicitas **** - www.laznefelicita.cz

Lazensky hotel Park **** - www.lapod.cz

Hotel Zimni Lazne *** - www.lazne-podebrady.cz

Hotel Libensky ***  - www.lazne-podebrady.cz

Lazensky hotel Libuse *** -  www.lazne-podebrady.cz

 

The other hotels and guest houses can be also found at:

http://ipodebrady.cz/hotely

http://ipodebrady.cz/ubytovani-v-podebradech/penziony-v-podebradech

 

About the town

The town Podebrady was established near an important crossing on the river Labe (“Elbe”) in 1224. The old wooden castle built in 12th century changed over the centuries into a comfortable chateau and it is a dominating feature of this town.  It is also a place where the most famous Czech King – Jiri of Podebrady was born in 1420. During his reign the peace efforts far surpassed the following centuries. The present appearance of the chateau is a result of several thorough reconstructions from a water castle, a medieval fortress and a Renaissance royal seat up to a Late Baroque building intended to fulfil military purposes during the reign of Josef II.

A small spa was established here in 17th century and its spring was considered as the best ferriferous water. The most significant period started in 1905 when a spring of mineral water was discovered here while searching for drinking water in the courtyard of the castle. The first spa season began as the mineral water, with an excellent medical force in the carbonic spa, brought the predicted “golden age” of the town in 1908.

The town Podebrady has become a favourite summer resort thanks to the successful health-results, eventful cultural, social and sports life and the beautiful natural setting. 

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