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Repertory: The French Art Market During during German Occupation in World War II

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Participants

Direction:
Berlin (TU): Bénédicte Savoy
Paris (INHA): Eric de Chassey

Coordination:
Berlin (TU): Eyke Vonderau
Paris (INHA): France Nerlich

Research Staff:
Berlin (TU): Elisabeth Furtwängler
Paris (INHA): Ines Rotermund-Reynard

About the Project

In recent years, especially since attention focused on the case of the art dealer Hildebrandt Gurlitt, research on the European art market during the National Socialist Period has been the subject of increased consideration. Gaps and ambiguities in provenance are addressed and art collections are intensively reviewed. However, there still remains a notable lack of foundational publications relating to questions of transnational ties between art markets. In order to support such individual, object-oriented studies, foundational research is needed. This German - French collaborative research project aims to help fill this knowledge gap.

In pursuit of this goal, this prosopographic study will identify and research the actors involved in the French art market during the German occupation of France as well as their corresponding actors involved in the German art market (auctioneers, museum officials, art dealers, collectors, diplomats, gallerists, art historians, and relevant institutions and their employees, including perhaps magazine publishers, journalists, and experts). The results of the study will be published in English, German, and French in an open access format.

The study will not only serve to enrich our understanding of the structure of the German-French art market during the period, but will also help sketch a clearer picture of the actors who influenced the commercial and cultural exchange between the two countries. Through critical network analysis, the project will reposition the protagonists of exchanges of cultural goods. The result will be a new and effective tool for international provenance research, across the Franco-German border and beyond.

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