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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.).


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

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

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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