Provenance and the challenges of recovering looted asset, Provenance Research Training Course, Amelia Italy, 20-26 June 2018

Events and Conferences

The Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA) and the US-based Holocaust Art Restitution Project, [Inc.] (HARP)* have teamed up to offer a unique short course in Amelia, Italy, June 20 through June 26, 2018 to run alongside ARCA’s annual Amelia Conference, a weekend-long forum for intellectual and professional exchange which explores the indispensable role of research, detection, crime prevention and criminal justice responses in combating all forms of art crime and the illicit trafficking in cultural property. This new thematic course “Provenance and the challenges of recovering looted assets” addresses cultural plunder, undoubtedly one of the thorniest issues facing the art world today.

Open to applicants interested in the restitution/repatriation of looted cultural objects and their trafficking, this 5-day course will provide participants with exposure to the research and ethical considerations of modern-day art restitution. Taught by Marc Masurovsky, co-founder of HARP, an acknowledged expert historian on a class-action lawsuit for Jewish claimants seeking restitution of lost accounts and other liquid assets [against Swiss banks], this course will provide participants with the opportunity to engage in an intensive, guided, dynamic exchange of ideas on research methods while highlighting the diplomatic, political and financial obstacles inherent to restitution claims. Special emphasis will also be paid to how political changes in the US and Europe are currently reshaping the provenance research map, affecting restitution claims, shaping museum loan practices, the international art market, and governmental responses to the recovery of stolen art.

Profile of Attendees
This provenance course has much to offer potential students in a number of relevant fields, including those interested in art and heritage law, museum and curatorial studies, art conservation, or other professional occupations working closely with artistic heritage and/or the art market who are eager to gain a foundation within this specialized area of study.

Course Fee: €985**
Course fee covers all course lectures, conference attendee fees, and key catered events (a €200 value). Please note that housing, airfare to/from Italy, daily meals, living expenses, and transportation to/ from Amelia are not included.

Financial Aid:
ARCA and HARP will award a small number of partial scholarships—available in the form of course fee reductions—for promising students with financial need and superior academic credentials who might not otherwise be able to attend. These awards are expected to average between €100-€400 per needs-based participant and will be awarded mid-March 2018 after the closure of the course application period as this helps us to understand the total needs distribution so that we may assist as many individuals as possible while ensuring the minimum census is achieved.

March 01, 2018 – General Application Deadline (no application fee)
March 30, 2018 – Late Application Deadline, (subject to late application fee)
March 30, 2018 – €485 Nonrefundable programming deposit due
May 01, 2018 – €500 Balance of course fee due

Class size:
Maximum: 25
Minimum: Please note that course enrollment minimums have been established for this course. Should enrollment for this course fall short of the prescribed minimum, this provenance course will be subject to cancellation.

**No course fees will be invoiced until the launch threshold has been achieved.

To receive application materials or to ask general questions about the course please contact us at: education (at)

*The Holocaust Art Restitution Project (“HARP”), a not-for-profit group based in Washington, DC, is dedicated to the identification and restitution of looted artworks requiring detailed research and analysis of public and private archives in North America. HARP has worked for 16 years on the restitution of artworks looted by the Nazi regime.

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