ANN: ASEEES Conference in LVIV-Panel on 28 June

ANN: ASEEES Conference in LVIV-Panel on 28 June

Panel on Social Memory: “Identifying Wartime Losses and Displaced Valuables: Eyes on Ukraine”
Session 9, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 4:30-6:15PM

Presentation Languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian

Location: Room 05
Many specialists estimate that two-thirds of the cultural losses of the Soviet Union during the Second World War were from the territory that today in independent Ukraine. But even after 25 years of independence, Ukraine has still not compiled a complete, or even partial, register of its war losses. More attention to such a register, to be sure, would aid in the identification and possible recovery of lost treasures that might surface abroad. The Khanenko Museum in Kyiv is the only museum to have published an English-language catalogue (1998) with limited illustrations of paintings lost during the war. With German coordination all of the listings were entered in the Internet database in Magdeburg. Thanks to that listing and the Art Loss Register (London), in April 2015 a 17th-century Dutch painting that surfaced on auction in the Netherlands returned to Kyiv the first to have returned from abroad in 70 years. This panel will discuss the progress during Ukraine’s quarter century of independence to identify more of its war losses so they will be known abroad. And will present the newly published book about war losses and postwar holdings in the Simferopol Art Museum, the first published account and catalogue of ‘trophy” paintings from Germany in Ukraine.

Chair: Wesley A. Fisher, Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.

Discussants ● Konstantin Akinsha, Independent Scholar

Presenters: Patricia Kennedy Grimsted, Harvard U (US)/ International Inst of Social History (Netherlands)
“Tracing Pan‐European Looted Art in Russia and Poland: The Erich Koch Collection as Example”

Sergei Kot [Сергей Кот], Institute of History of Ukraine, NASU (Ukraine)
“Ukrainian Cultural Losses: ‘Displaced’ Valuables, and the Long Road to Retrieval”

Irina Tarsis, Ctr for Art Law (US)
“One‐track Mind: Polish Lessons for Art Restitution Claims and Dispute Resolution Alternatives”

For the full programme of the conference, please see ASEEES-MAG Summer Convention

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