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Christie’s Restitution department will honour the 25th anniversary of the Washington Principles in 2023 with a global series of events and initiatives.

In December 1998, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum brought together participants from 44 countries and 13 non-governmental organizations, as well as observers from art museums and auction houses, to Washington, D.C., to address the widespread loss and confiscation of art during the Holocaust era. This group established and publicly shared 11 Washington Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art, which offered a new way forward for victims and their heirs to research, locate, and, where possible, recover missing art and lost histories. The Washington Principles have ushered in a new wave of art restitution and they are the foundation of Christie’s approach to art and cultural valuables that were lost during the Nazi-era and to the work of its Restitution Department.

During 2023, scholars, legal experts, researchers and interested parties will meet in Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Berlin, London, New York as well as throughout the United States, and Tel Aviv, to share and discuss important stories, ideas and perspectives. Christie’s Reflecting on Restitution programme begins on 27 January, when visitors will be welcomed to an inaugural public exhibition at Christie’s galleries in Paris. Throughout the year, global audiences will be invited to engage with the programme through other in-person opportunities as well as Christie’s dedicated website, featuring recordings of selected events, stories of important restitutions, as well as a virtual walking tour of historic sites throughout Berlin.

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Special feature

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Reclaiming lost history: 25 years of the Washington Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art

The 1998 international guidelines forever changed the discourse about Nazi-confiscated art, and continue to guide the Christie’s Restitution Department today

Exhibition

Paris Restitution Event
La loi normale des erreurs
© Raphaël Denis, courtesy Galerie Sator

Fragments of Collections by Raphaël Denis

27 January – 10 February
Paris

From 27 January to 10 February 2023, Christie’s is pleased to present Fragments of Collections by Raphaël Denis, an exhibition which explores the question of looting of works of art that occurred in France during the Second World War. Artist-researcher Raphaël Denis has been developing the present set of installations entitled La Loi normale des erreurs for almost ten years.


2023 programme

Christie's Paris

Paris

Location
Christie’s Paris
9 Avenue Matignon
75008 Paris

Public Exhibition
Fragments of Collections by Raphaël Denis
27 January – 10 February

Christie's Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Location
Christie’s Amsterdam
Vondelstraat 73
1054 GK Amsterdam

Event dates
Spring 2023

Christie's Vienna

Vienna

Location
Christie's Vienna
Bankgasse 1/ Herrengasse 17
1010 Vienna

Event dates
Spring 2023

Christie's at Berlin

Berlin

Location
Virtual

Event dates
Summer 2023

New York

New York

Location
Christie's New York
20 Rockefeller Plaza
New York

Event dates
Fall 2023

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Tel Aviv

Location
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
27 Shaul HaMelech Blvd.
The Golda Meir Cultural and Art Center
Tel Aviv- Jaffa

Event dates
Late Winter 2023

Contact

Stories of Restitution

Reflecting on Restitution 25 Years since the Washington Principles on Nazi Confiscated Art

Artists

Adele Bloch-Bauer: Gustav Klimt’s ‘woman in gold’

 
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Old Masters

Restitution: how these Old Master works confiscated by the Gestapo were returned more than six decades later

 
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Impressionist & Modern Art

The mystical Modernism of Franz Marc, whose art was a ‘bridge into the spirit world’

 
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Impressionist & Modern Art

Kindred Spirits: The Courage and Creativity of Egon Schiele and Fritz Grünbaum

 
Returned to its rightful owners after nearly 80 years

Old Masters

Returned to its rightful owners after nearly 80 years

 
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Collecting Guide

What to look for on the back of a painting: an expert guide

 

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For over a quarter of a century, Christie’s has engaged with the legacy of Nazi era and World War II art theft and dispossession. Losses during 1933–1945 to Europe’s collections, in particular those of Jewish collectors, through persecution, confiscation, and forced sales continues to resonate strongly in today’s art world. Christie’s has the largest and most experienced Restitution team of any international auction house, underscoring our responsibility to this field.

We invite you to explore our work in Restitution.

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