Staircase of the foundation's villa
Nazi-looted cultural property

Invitation to Provenance Research Colloquium

The German Lost Art Foundation invites to a lecture with Pascale Bernheim on 11th September 2023.

In the series of events "Provenance Research Colloquium", the German Lost Art Foundation in cooperation with CARMAH (Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage) invites you to the lecture by Pascale Bernheim on "A new field of investigation: The spoliation orchestrated by the “Third Reich“ of musical instruments, scores and manuscripts (1939-1945)" on Monday, 11th September 2023 at 6 p.m.

In view of the immeasurable loss of human life and the savagery of the Holocaust, the question of looted musical instruments might seem a minor one. But music is omnipresent in Jewish culture and transmitted from generation to generation. The violin - a true companion of exile - is a symbol of this. The work of Marc Chagall immediately springs to mind.
When the last Holocaust survivor has disappeared, when the memory of his or her grandchildren has faded, only culture, writing, music and cultural goods will remain. This is why “Musique et Spoliations” has been set up to retrace and to tell instrument histories, however chaotic these may be.
Quintessentially international, our association has ceaselessly opened up new fields of investigation. We are currently supporting research projects in France, in Germany and in Poland.
This is the only organisation solely focused on the recovery of musical instruments.

Pascale Bernheim works mainly in the cultural sector. Starting out as an artistic agent specialising in classical music, then in charge of distribution for an instrumental and vocal ensemble, she has broadened her field of activity to include production and communication. She has held positions at the Musée du Louvre, Radio France/France Musique, foundations, lyric theatres, music festivals, orchestras, choreographic companies, record labels and cultural centres, museums... and gastronomic events. In 2016, she decided to devote herself exclusively to the search for looted musical assets, and in 2017 set up the "Musique et Spoliations" association.

The event will take place as a video conference via Webex in English. Participation is free of charge, but only possible after registration by 8th September 2023. The participants will receive the access data on the day of the event.

Registration via:
German Lost Art Foundation
Heinrich Natho
Humboldtstraße 12 | 39112 Magdeburg
Phone +49 (0) 391 727 763-23

With your registration and participation, you allow the organizer to record the event and to use it for public relations and documentation (§ 22 KunstUrhG). The organizer collects, processes and uses your personal data within the scope of performing the statutory task of the German Lost Art Foundation.