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Nazi Looted Art: Culture, Barbarism, and Justice
October 22, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
We are so excited to partner with the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, The Jewish Federation of Peoria, and the Figge Art Museum to welcome back Dr. Jonathan Petropoulos to the Quad Cities! His fascinating presentations were given to over 300 people just a few short years ago. This partnership is part of the exhibit “French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950” appearing at the Figge Art Museum from October 9, 2018- January 6, 2019.
On Monday, October 22 @ 6:30 PM we will host the program “Culture, Barbarism, and Justice: Recent Developments Concerning Nazi Art Looting and Postwar Restitution” with Dr. Jonathan Petropoulos at the German American Heritage Center. This special talk is a ticketed event priced at $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Refreshments will be served and seating is very limited. You may purchase tickets at the GAHC, over the phone, or on Eventbrite
Recovering the property the Nazis stole and returning it to the rightful owners continues more than 70 years after the end of World War II. Dr. Petropoulos will discuss what we can learn from the films, “The Monuments Men” and “Woman in Gold”, and the revelation of the 1,300 Gurlitt pictures. He will then relate these observations to the present-day restitution work undertaken by national governments, by museums around the world, by collectors, and by victims of the Holocaust and their heirs.
Dr. Petropoulos is the John V. Croul Professor of European History at Claremont McKenna College in California. In 1990, he received a Ph.D. from Harvard University where he began working on the subject of Nazi art looting and restitution in 1983. He is the author of four books and has appeared in more than a dozen documentaries, including “Rape of Europa” and helped organize art exhibitions, including “Degenerate Art: The Fate of the Avant Garde in Nazi Germany.”