Events

The Commission for Art Recovery helps to provide opportunities for attorneys, academics, and interested professionals to discuss best practices in the effort to spur restitution. We organize, co-sponsor and participate in national and international lectures and conferences.

A selection of events with published conference proceedings or materials is listed below.

Upcoming Events

Placing the Irreplacable – Restitution of Jewish Cultural Property: Negotiations, Historical Dimensions, Documentation

November 16 - 17, 2017
Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture e. V. at Leipzig University
Leipzig,Germany

Conference website

Theft & Trade. The French Art Market Under German Occupation (1940-1944), Conference

November 30 - December 1, 2017
Bonn, Germany

Hosted by the German Lost Art Foundation, with lectures by French and German experts.
Conference website

Home as a place for anti-Jewish persecution in European cities, 1933-1945.
Crossing urban social history and history of the Holocaust, Conference

January 11-12, 2018
American University of Paris
Paris, France

On the links between persecution and housing policies, the beneficiaries of the spoliation of urban housing, the interactions between Jews and non-Jews re the seizure of housing, its re-allocation and restitution after liberation, and the place of homes in the experiences of individuals.
Discussion published by Brian Schiff

Past Events

Collected, Traded, Stolen, Lecture Series
Netzwerk Hermann Voss. Die Gemäldegalerie Wiesbaden und ihre Wechselbeziehungen zu Frankfurter Museen und Kunsthandlungen
The Hermann Voss network. The Wiesbaden picture gallery and its interaction with art museums and dealers in Frankfurt

May 22, 2017
Institut für Stadtgeschichte, Frankfurt

Programme (German)

"Accepting and Holding Objects “in Trust” – an International and Interdisciplinary Perspective"

May 2 - 4, 2017
Vienna University Library
Austria

Event details

6th International Conference on the confiscation, thefts and transfers of works of art as a result of Nazi rule over Czechoslovakia and occupied Europe during the Second World War and in the postwar period.

October 20 - 22, 2015
Prague

Conference proceedings


Looted Art & Restitution in 20th Century

September 18-20, 2014
Newnham College
Cambridge, UK

A paper from the conference is available here:
Looted Art and Restitution in the Twentieth Century - Towards a Global Perspective

Plundered Culture, Stolen Heritage

November 6-7, 2013
Concordia University, H-Building (Hall Building)
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West
Montreal, QC, Canada

Videos of the conference are available here:
Keynote address
Panel 2 - Impact on the Victims
Restitution and Reconciliation Today
Closing Comments

"The West" Versus "The East" or the United Europe?

October 8-9, 2013
Podebrady, Czech Republic

The conference proceedings were published by the Documentation Centre for Property Transfers of the Cultural Assets of WWII Victims in 2014

Czech Documentation Centre website


Museen im Nationalsozialismus (Museums Under National Socialism) Conference

June 13 - 15, 2013
Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin (Zeughauskino)
Unter den Linden 2, 10117
Germany

The conference proceedings were published by Boehlau in 2015
Boehlau website


Fair and Just Solutions
INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM - Fair and just solutions? Alternatives to litigation in Nazi looted art disputes: status quo and new developments

November 27, 2012
The Peace Palace
The Hague, Netherlands

The conference proceedings are available on the Restitution Commission website


Conference - Human Rights and Cultural Heritage: from the Holocaust to the Haitian Earthquake Conference flyer image
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law: Conference - Human Rights and Cultural Heritage: from the Holocaust to the Haitian Earthquake

March 31, 2011
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
55 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

Keynote speeches
Additional materials
Libraries and archives


Arts Law Colloquium Series - Jennifer Kreder - Judicial Amnesia and the Historical Record in Nazi-looted art litigation

March 9, 2011
DePaul University, Lewis Center - Rm 805
25 E Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL

A video of the conference is available here:
Judicial Amnesia and the Historical Record in Nazi-looted art litigation

WHO, ME? THE PERSONAL LIABILITY OF MUSEUM AND OTHER PERSONNEL FOR FLAWED DEALINGS IN ART AND ANTIQUITIES

October 14, 2010
Institute of Art and Law
London

The conference proceedings were published under the name “Taking it Personally: The Individual Liability of Museum Personnel” by the Institute of Art and Law in 2011. The following article is available separately:
Criminal Sanctions and Redress against Museum Workers under US Law


Art Restitution in Austria Conference

March 4-5, 2010
Austrian Consulate
New York

A summary is available here:
Art Restitution in Austria Conference

Prague Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets event flyer
Prague Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets

June 26-30, 2009
Prague and Terezín
Czech Republic

The conference proceedings are available here:
Prague Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets


Provenance Research and CAJM Leadership: Not an Option, An Imperative event flyer
Provenance Research and CAJM Leadership: Not an Option, An Imperative

February 4, 2009
New York

One of the papers presented is available here:
The Holocaust and Museum Ethics


Taking Responsibility -- Nazi-looted Art -- a challenge for libraries, archives, and museums event flyer
Taking Responsibility -- Nazi-looted Art -- a challenge for libraries, archives, and museums

December 11-12, 2008
Berlin, Germany

The conference proceedings were published by Koordinierungsstelle für Kulturgutverluste in 2009 and can be purchased on the lostart.de website


LOOTING AND RESTITUTION. JEWISH-OWNED CULTURAL ARTIFACTS FROM 1933 TO THE PRESENT

September 19, 2008 - February 1, 2009
Berlin, Germany

The conference proceedings were published by Wallstein Publishers in 2008
Information about the Exhibition


Plundering of Artworks: Acknowledging and Compensation event flyer
Plundering of Artworks: Acknowledging and Compensation

September 14-15, 2008
Paris, France

The conference proceedings were published by Flammarion under the title A qui appartenaient ces tableaux? Looking for owners


Spoils of War v. Cultural Heritage event flyer
Spoils of War v. Cultural Heritage: The Russian Cultural Property Law in Historical Context

February 8-9, 2008
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, Massachusetts

The conference proceedings were published in the International Journal of Cultural Property in 2010, volume 17, number 2


JUEDISCHE MAEZENE IN DER DEUTSCHEN GESELLSCHAF

December 11, 2006
Berlin

The conference proceedings were published by Koordinierungsstelle für Kulturgutverluste in 2007


Future of the Lost Cultural Herritage: Documentation, Identification and Restitution of Cultural Property of the Victims of World War II

November 22.-24, 2005
Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

The conference proceedings were published in 2006 by Tilia Publishers and are available at the Czech Documentation Centre
Czech Documentation Centre website


AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF MUSEUMS' (AAM) 2004 INTERNATIONAL PROVENANCE RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM

November 15-16, 2004
Washington, D.C.

The conference proceedings were published by AAM in 2005 under the name Vitalising Memory: International Perspectives on Provenance Research


THE LOST HERITAGE OF CULTURAL ASSETS: THE DOCUMENTATION, IDENTIFICATION, RESTITUTION AND REPATRIATION OF THE CULTURAL ASSETS OF WWII VICTIMS

November 20-21, 2003
Brno, Czech Republic

The conference proceedings were published in 2005 by Tilia Publishers and are available at the Czech Documentation Centre
Czech Documentation Centre website


Spoils of War

January 19-21, 1995
Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts
New York

The conference proceedings were published by Abramsin in 2007