Interdisciplinary Symposium

Provenance research: debating a practical science

When: 3–4 June 2021
Where: SIK-ISEA, Zollikerstrasse 32 (near Kreuzplatz), CH-8032 Zurich


Please note that due to the Covid-19 situation, the conference initially scheduled for November 2020 will be postponed to June 2021.

Reconstructing the history of art works has evolved recently from an auxiliary science serving museums, auction houses and basic art history research to become a discipline in its own right: provenance research. The catalyst was the Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets in December 1998. If the sole focus there was art stolen by the Nazis, provenance research has since shifted its sights to colonial expropriation and the looting of cultural heritage. SIK-ISEA is planning a conference together with the Swiss Association for Provenance Research to stimulate exchange between the various stakeholders in this field.

Provenance research: debating a practical science