The Art of Looting
20 July 2013
Newman Alumni Center
6200 San Amaro Drive Coral Gables, Florida 33146
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Mastrapa Consultants is happy to announce The Art of Looting, a one day conference featuring internationally renowned speakers Christopher A. Marinello, Executive Director of The Art Loss Register, Willi Korte, co-founder of the Holocaust Art Restitution Project and many more. Join us to learn about Communist and Nazi confiscation of artworks, antiques, jewelry and other valuables as well as the challenges of recovery. We will discuss prospects for the recovery of Cuban collections as well groundbreaking efforts to deter the sale and purchase of these pre-Revolution items.
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Totalitarian regimes of the past century violated property rights with impunity. Communist and Nazi authorities looted churches, homes, shops, galleries, museums and individuals. The millions of refugees who fled mass arrests, executions and sweeping confiscations left behind their homelands and everything they owned. Those who stayed behind, if they survived, were often forced to sell their personal property. Officials enriched themselves but also raised hard currency to fund regime survival by selling the loot – mostly to foreigners who turned a blind eye to the provenance. Recovering looted art, antiques, jewelry and other personal property is difficult and costly. Former owners and heirs have had varying degrees of success.
Experts at The Art of Looting conference will discuss the systematic confiscation of art by the Nazis and Communists as well as hurdles to restitution in Germany, Poland and Romania. Speakers will also address the recovery of art and other valuables looted from Cuba and unique approaches to deterring the sale and purchase of these pre-Revolution items.