Chagall on Loan: Nazi-Era Provenance Research and Art as Collateral


Thursday, October 4, 2018
6:30 – 8 pm
Scheuer Auditorium

The Salo W. Baron Program

Explore the hidden story behind Marc Chagall’s painting Over Vitebsk, a prime example of the methodology, sources, and challenges of provenance research as it relates to art as collateral, and to the hidden aspects of the art market. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922.

About the Speaker
Dr. Lynn Rother is Senior Provenance Specialist at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Previously, she was a research specialist on World War II-era provenance at the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, which oversees most of the museums in Berlin. She delivered expert opinions on major restitution claims and her research led her to archival collections around the world. A former Fellow of The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles and of the German Historical Institute in Moscow, she has a Master’s degree in art history, economics and law from the University of Leipzig and a Ph.D. in art history from the Technical University of Berlin. In 2017, she published her doctoral thesis on the use of art as collateral during the Nazi-era to great critical acclaim in Germany and is currently working on the English translation.

The Salo W. Baron Program has been endowed by the Trustees of the Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Foundation

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Marc Chagall, Over Vitebsk, 1915–20, after a 1914 painting. Oil on canvas. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest (by exchange), 1949. Artwork © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris; image provided by The Museum of Modern Art / licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, New York

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