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, in particular about political and academic demands, about practices and tools, and about institutional, legal and ethical issues.
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