Creative Links: The Concealed Stories of Nazi-Looted Craft and Art Uncovered by the Gilbert Collection Curators

Date: 13 Feb 2020 · 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Price: £10, includes a welcome drink

The Goldsmiths’ Centre, Exhibition Room

42 Britton St, Farringdon, London EC1M 5AD

During the Nazi regime, artworks and cultural property owned by Jewish people were systemically looted, sold, scattered and destroyed. Many objects ended up in public and private collections, often acquired without knowledge of their background. Join the curators of the Gilbert Collection – famous for some of the most beautiful European and British masterpieces ever made, many in precious metal – in conversation with Stephanie Souroujon, as they share their research into the troubling history of some of the collection’s pieces. The V&A and the Gilbert Collection are at the forefront of proactive provenance research in the UK. Following the appointment of a Provenance Curator, Dr Jacques Schuhmacher, the V&A is showcasing the display ‘Concealed Histories: Uncovering the Story of Nazi Looting’ (until 10 January 2021) – the first of its kind by a UK museum. With Stephanie Souroujon, curators Alice Minter and Dr Jacques Schumacher will discuss their ongoing research into the history of ownership and in light of the V&A’s display, the stories of Jewish collectors and their families who lost everything under the Nazis. This evening event offers an opportunity to learn how this specialist research is conducted when work and what happens when a museum is faced with a ‘problematic’ object.

Exchange innovative ideas and network with your peers with a glass of wine or soft drink from 6pm. The talk starts at 6.30pm.

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