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Event tip: the workshop “Digital Provenance Research”

On 20th and 21st September 2018 the Commission for Provenance Research will be hosting an event with the Institute of History on “digital provenance research”. It is being held to mark the 20th anniversary of the Washington Principles and the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the Austrian Art …

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The Technical Museum Restitutes Musical Instruments

The Technical Museum Vienna has handed over 18 musical instruments originating from Theodor Sternberg’s Vienna music store to his heirs. Stemberg had loaned the musical instruments to the museum in 1936. Following the Nazi’s assumption of power Sternberg emigrated to the USA. His music store was …

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Event Announcement

On Wednesday 20 June 2018 volume 7 of the publication series of the Commission for Provenance Research will be presented at Palais Lobkowitz in Vienna. Dr. Birgit Schwarz will hold a talk on “Ostmark: Hilter’s special mission” at the event. To mark the 20th anniversary of the Commission for …

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Restitution: Vienna University of Economics and Business signs an agreement with the National Fund

The National Fund has gained a new cooperating partner, the Vienna University of Economics and Business. The cooperation agreement was signed at the beginning of the year. Books and other objects from the University Library with dubious provenance whose rightful owner could not be traced can be …

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Conference in Ljubljana

Under the heading Dispossessions of Cultural Objects between 1914 and 1989/1991 - The Alpe Adria Region in Comparative Perspectives, TransCultAA is hosting an international conference. It will be held  from 19-21 March 2018 in Ljubljana. Link: …

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Handbook on Judaica Provenance Research

In collaboration with the World Jewish Restitution Organization, the Claims Conference has published the Handbook on Judaica Provenance Research: Ceremonial Objects. This online handbook aims to facilitate (provenance) research for researchers, private individuals, museum staff and other interested …

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Digitization of the index cards from the Nazi Central Depot

The edition of 11,500 index cards from the so-called “Central Depot for Confiscated Collections” has been available online since early December. This extensive project was made possible by the collaboration between the Commission for Provenance Research and the Archive of the Art History Museum over …

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Presentation of the Library of Leopold Singer

On 4 October 2017 an exhibition on the library of Dr. Leopold Singer will open at the Technical Museum as an extension to the permanent exhibition “Oil and Gas”. Dr. Leopold Singer was one of the foremost European experts on petroleum engineering. He managed several refineries in Romania, Bohemia …

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Restitution: University of Vienna Signs Agreement with the National Fund

The National Fund has signed an agreement with the University of Vienna on “heirless” looted art. In accordance with this agreement the University of Vienna shall transfer to the National Fund the books and items for which no legal successor could be found in order to subsequently repurchase them. …

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Digitization and online publication of the Central Depot’s indices in cooperation with the Archive of the Art History Museum and the Commission for Provenance Research

Around 11,500 index cards from the so-called Central Depot for Jewish Cultural Property, which was situated in several 1st floor rooms of the Neue Burg from 1938 onward, have been preserved in the archives of the Art History Museum and the Federal Office for the Protection of Monuments. This …

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