The 2013 discovery of the “Gurlitt Trove” in Munich and the increase in lawsuits against museums for restitution of Nazi-era looted art have forced them to increase provenance research into their collections. Museums and archeological sites in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria are being systematically looted, and objects taken from these and other countries are today making their way through international art markets. Today’s looted art is tomorrow’s thorny problem of justice & restitution. In this session, you will learn from international museum leaders, experts in archeology, anthropology, art law and art history, and history of collecting, who discuss the challenges and opportunities of provenance research and its role in museums.


  • Richard Kurin


  • Patty Gerstenblith
  • Sharon Cott
  • Hermann Parzinger
  • Gerard Vaughan