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The focus of our work is on questions of the history of art as the history of culture, on the aesthetic, social, political and institutional constellations that have shaped the production, circulation and consumption of art since the 18th century. Places and forms of artist training, the transnational history of museums, the art market as a system that has grown over time, the various forms of intellectual and material appropriation of cultural property during times of peace and war, art theft and looted art: these are just some of the topics represented by the Chair, which forms part of the Institute of Art Studies and Historical Urban Studies, and offers the taught courses “Culture and Technology” (B.A.) and “Art Studies/Art Technology” as well as “Art & Museum Studies” (both M.A.).


Evening Lecture 28/5/18

Photo documentation for no. 324-26: Peter Paul Rubens, Portrait of a Monk (oil on wood, 47.6 x 38.7 cm). The painting was sold by Julius Böhler to John Ringling in 1926 (today: The Ringling, Sarasota/Florida, USA, Inv. No. SN224).

Evening Lecture: „Museum progressing rapidly”: Der Kunsthändler Julius Böhler (1883-1966), der amerikanische Kunstmarkt und das Ringling Museum of Art in Florida

Dr. Meike Hopp (Munich) and Sophie Kriegenhofer, M.A. (Munich) talk about "'Museum progressing rapidly': Der Kunsthändler Julius Böhler (1883-1966), der amerikanische Kunstmarkt und das Ringling Museum of Art in Florida".

Date: 28/05/2018, 6:15 pm

Venue: Room A 111, Architecture Building of the TU, Straße des 17. Juni 150/152, 10623 Berlin

Provenance: Research and Study at TU Berlin

One of our main research focuses at the Institute for Modern Art History is on provenance research, especially the displacement of cultural assets (Research Cluster translocations), the art market, and object biographies (Art Markets and Provenance). We also believe strongly in the importance of directly connecting researchers and students. To this end, we work closely with the British Museum, the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, and the Berlinische Galerie to develop a curriculum involving first hand experience.  

In the Winter Semester 2017 / 2018, we offered the following courses:

  • Lecture „Kulturbesitz? Wem gehört die Kunst in unseren Museen?“  (Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy)
  • Seminar „Kunstraub seit der Antike“ (Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy, Dr. Robert Skwirblies)
  • Seminar „Provenienzforschung zu ostasiatischer Kunst“ (Dr. Christine Howald in Zusammenarbeit mit Dr. Alexander Hofmann, Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin)

⇒ more information  

Each semester, our Center for Art Market Studies also puts on a series of Evening Lectures, which are open to the public.

Each year in the Summer Semester, Dr. Wolfgang Schöddert of the Berlinische Galerie offers a Seminar  on "Aufgaben und Methoden der Provenienzforschung."

President Macron Appoints Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy to Research Team

Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy, together with the Senegalese scientist, author, and musician Prof. Dr. Felwine Sarr have been appointed by French President Emmanuel Macron to research the potential terms under which African works of art currently in French possession could be returned to their countries of origin.

For more Information see TU Press Release (in German). 

Public Discussion in Heimathafen Neukölln (11.03.18) and Public Talk in the at the Berlinische Galerie (17.04.18)

"Haus der Weißen Herren Humboldt Forum, Shared Heritage und der Umgang mit dem Anderen"

Bénédicte Savoy, Dr. Ing. Noa K. Ha, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and Lorenz Rollhäuser will discuss "colonial arrogance in the new Humboldt Forum" at Heimhafen Neukölln. Presented by Deutschlandfunk Kultur.

Sunday, 11. March 2018, 19.30

No Charge - Heimathafen Neukölln (In German)


The State of Art History: DER SPIEGEL live in the Berlinische Galerie.

A public talk with Bénédicte Savoy and SPIEGEL art and culture critic Ulrike Knöfel.

Tuesday, 17. April 2018, 19


Online Publication: 3. Issue of the Journal for Art Market Studies Release


The third issue of the Journal for Art Market Studies looks at places of exhibition on the art market: How do exhibition strategies and buying/selling actions influence one another? Articles range on focus from contemporary New York art galleries to art fairs, to galleries from modern art in Paris and Berlin at the beginning of the 20th century.

JAMS Vol. 2, No. 1

translocations Open Session Project Workshops


The translocations research cluster will host four open project workshops, in which initial findings will be presented and discussed in a group setting.

The talks begin at 18:00 in Room AF 083, TU Berlin.

Space is limited. Please email Merten Lagatz () to register.

Walter Benjamin on Provenance


Documenta 14 Seminar Partners with Artl@s


In her seminar on "Why Athens? A Critical Reflection on Documenta 14," Prof. Dr. Eleonora Vratskidou and her students developed a databank documenting the current exhibition.

The seminar group recently partnered with the French online platform Artl@s.

For more, see www.artlas.ens.fr

Lecture "Hochpreisphase. Das Berliner Auktionshaus Hans W. Lange 1940-1943" (12. February 2018)

Weltkunst Nr. 11/12 (16. März 1941), S. 3: Preisberichte

Dr. Caroline Flick (Berlin) will give an evening lecture at the Center for Art Market Studies on the topic "Hochpreisphase. Das Berliner Auktionshaus Hans W. Lange 1940-1943." The lecture will be held in German. 

Monday, 12.02.2018, 6:15 pm

TU Berlin, Architecture Building, Room A 111, Straße des 17. Juni 150/152, 10623 Berlin.


Bénédicte Savoy: "Die Zukunft des Kulturbesitzes"

In articles published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Le Monde on 12.01.2018, Bénédicte Savoy presented her opinion on President Emmanuel Macron's demands for restitution of objects of African cultural heritage (in German and French):

"Die Zukunft des Kulturbesitzes", FAZ, 12.01.2018 (PDF, 269,9 KB)

"Restitutions. « Il faut y aller dans la joie »", Le Monde, 12.01.2018 (PDF, 640,4 KB)

Lecture: Provenance Research. Yesterday - Today - Tomorrow. The "Daphne" Project at the Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden (22. January 2018)

Bernardo Daddi, Enthauptung der heiligen Reparata (Rückseite), um 1345

Prof. Dr. Gilbert Lupfer (Dresden/Magdeburg) will give an evening lecture at the Center for Art Market Studies on the topic "Provenance Research. Yesterday - Today - Tomorrow. The "Daphne" Project at the Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden." The lecture will be held in German. 

Monday, 22.01.2018, 18:15

TU Berlin, Architecture Building, Room A 111, Straße des 17. Juni 150/152, 10623 Berlin.

more information

Student Presentations: "Tracing Museum Collections. Provenance Research on East Asian Art" 13. February 2018

Presentations: Provenance research on objects from the East Asian art collections.
Student findings from the seminar under the direction of Dr. Christine Howald, TU Berlin

On Tuesday, 13. February 2018 at 19:00 in the Vortragssaal Takustr. 40

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ostasiatische Kunst e.V. will host short student presentations from the TU Berlin seminar "Tracing Museum Collections: Provenance Research on East Asian Art“. Selected object biographies of objects from the East Asian Art Collection will be presented.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ostasiatische Kunst e.V.
c/o Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Takustr. 40
14195 Berlin

Cooperation Agreement with the British Museum Signed


Starting this year, the Chair for Modern Art History's translocations research cluster will begin a collaboration with the British Museum in London. A cooperation agreement was signed by the director of the British Museum, Hartwig Fischer, Bénédicte Savoy, and TU President Christian Thomsen in Berlin.

This collaboration will take the form of concrete projects: A conference is currently being prepared for Fall 2018 in Berlin, a research colloquium for doctoral students and established researchers will take place at regular intervals, project seminars with TU Berlin students have been planned, and collaborations in the field of digital research will be in focus. 

For further information see the TU Press Release

Blog: Translocations. An anthology.


The new blog from the Institute for Modern Art History is the academic output of the project seminar Quellentexte zum Kunstraub seit der Antike (under Bénédicte Savoy, Robert Skwirblies, and Luca Frepoli), in connection with the research cluster translocations.

Click here for the blog.

Get-together and Screening of the Short Film "Wem gehört Kulturerbe?" (15.01.2018)


The student film "Wem gehört Kulturerbe?" is one result of the of the Winter Semester 2016/2017 project seminar  „Aneignungen von Kunst - Perspektive der Enteigneten“ under the direction of Prof. Bénédicte Savoy and Merten Lagatz.

Students, interviewees, and any interested parties are invited for a film screening and discussion on

Monday, 15.01.2018, 18:00

Hybrid Lab/ Villa Bell
Marchstraße 8
10587 Berlin



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