Oskar Kokoschka, Marquis Joseph de Montesquiou-Fezensac, 1910 Photo: Prallan Allsten / Moderna Museet © Oskar Kokoschka / Bildupphovsrätt 2018

11.9 2018

Stolen art and restitution policy

How should art that was stolen by the Nazis and is now in museums be handled? This question engages the museum sector and is attracting more and more public attention. We invite you to an international conference, where experts from Sweden and Germany discuss these urgent issues in a public debate on the European restitution policy.

Moderna Museet Stockholm, the Goethe Institute and Jewish Culture in Sweden invite you to an international public conference at the Goethe Institute in Stockholm on 20–21 September.

The aim is to highlight the process, perspectives and current challenges and difficulties relating to provenance research and restitution at Swedish, German and other European museums. The existing commissions in Austria, France, Germany and the Netherlands deal with restitution demands in different ways. This is the background against we will attempt to discuss the so-called Limbach Commission’s activities.

This summer, the Swedish media have focused on the insufficient provenance research at Swedish museums. Daniel Birnbaum, director of Moderna Museet, has recommended that the government appoint an independent commission. He and Olle Granath, former director of Moderna Museet and the Nationalmuseum, have drawn up a draft proposal for how this commission could operate.



Daniel Birnbaum, Director Moderna Museet in Stockholm
Raphael Gross, President Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
Catherine Hickley, Journalist
Arne Ruth, Publicist and Journalist
Christian Fuhrmeister, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte
Julia Voss, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Julia Friedrich, Curator Museum Ludwig Köln
Stefan Koldehoff, Deutschlandfunk Köln

Published 11 September 2018 · Updated 11 September 2018