Why are we still looking for Nazi-looted art in Italy?

The importance of provenance research
and negotiated solutions
Conference | Venice, 25 March 2022

Christie’s was pleased to participate in the March 2022 Venice Looted Art Conference. Giovanna Bertazzoni, Christie’s Vice Chairman of 20th & 21st Century Art joined a panel discussion to share expert insights on the importance of provenance from the art market’s perspective.

The objective of this conference was to raise awareness of Nazi-looted art in Italy, emphasizing the urgent need of provenance research in Italian art collections and offering practical solutions to those who in the years from 1933 to the mid 1990’s might have inadvertently acquired artworks stolen by the Nazis or forcibly sold during the Nazi era.

Dirk Boll, President EMEA, and Sarah Done, Director Restitution, together with Giovanna Bertazzoni joined international experts from practice and science to give insights into how the art market, museums, heirs of victims of the Nazi regime and private collectors in possession of Nazi-looted art have addressed the topic and discussed the current state of affairs in Italy.

From left to right: Conference Organizer Pierre Valentin, Constantine Cannon LLP; Sarah Done, Director, Restitution; Conference Organizer Katharina Hüls-Valenti, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz; Giovanna Bertazzoni, Vice Chairman of 20th & 21st Century Art; Dirk Boll, President EMEA.

Event information

Ateneo Veneto
Campo San Fantin 1897
30124 Venezia, Italy

25 March 2022, 9am-5:30pm CET

Free for on-site and online participation

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