Brochure of the Swiss Museums Association (VMS/AMS) on provenance research

"Provenance research in museums I"
Looted art during the period of National Socialism.
Basics and practical introduction

This brochure, written by Dr. Carolin Lange and Dr. Thomas Schmutz, is intended to help raise awareness and to serve as a guide for small and medium-sized museums that do not yet have practical experience in this field. It briefly and succinctly presents the principles and essential questions on how to deal with Nazi-looted artworks.



Download the brochure in PDF format (available in French, German, and Italian).

Digital workshops on provenance research – 
Swiss Museums Association (VMS/AMS)

In addition to the publication of the brochure "Provenance Research in Museums I", the Swiss Museums Association (VMS/AMS) is organizing three digital workshops (one in French, one in German and the third in Italian), under the direction of Dr. Carolin Lange and Dr. Thomas Schmutz, on the practice of determining the origin of artworks in collections related to looted art during the National Socialist era

The workshop in German will take place on March 9 2021, the one in French on March 17 2021 and the one in Italian on March 18 2021. 

For more information and to register, please
visit the VMS/AMS's website

"Telemachus' Odyssey. From princes to national socialists
Exhibition at the Art Museum Graubünden, Chur – 27.03.-24.05.2021

Angelika Kauffmann’s Telemachus painting managed to survive a veritable odyssey until it reached Chur and the collection of the Art Museum Graubünden. Princes and national socialists owned Kauffmann’s Telemachus until the odyssey came to an end in the native country of the artist. This incredible story resembling a criminal case is part of the exhibition, in which the results of provenances research on works from the Art Museum’s collection, conducted under the expertise of Dr. Carolin Lange and Dr. Thomas Schmutz, are addressed and presented to the public for the first time.
Provenance research is detective work. Its task is to investigate the history of works and to document the details of ownership and change of hands in a sequence as unbroken as possible. In the past two years the provenance reappraisal of a selection of works from the collection was carried out thanks to the financial support of the Bundesamt für Kultur BAK and the SWISSLOS/Kulturförderung Kanton Graubünden. 

For more information, please visit the website of the 
Art Museum Graubünden's Website.

Interdisciplinary symposium on provenance research – SIK-ISEA, Zurich, June 3 and 4 2021

Initially considered as an ‘auxiliary’ discipline in museums, auction houses and in art history research, the reconstruction of the biography of works of art has become a discipline in its own right: the search for provenance. This international symposium, organised on June 3 and 4 2021 by the SIK-ISEA in collaboration with the Swiss Association for Provenance Research, aims to bring together the actors in this discipline.

For more information, please visit the SIK-ISEA website.