In the 1880s––as one of the most influential figures of the Berlin economic elite in Imperial Germany–– the publisher and philanthropist Rudolf Mosse had a house built in the center of Berlin and started his collection of art including several thousand works: paintings, sculptures, works on paper, Benin bronzes, east Asian art, handicrafts and antiquities. During the Third Reich the collection was liquidated by the Nazis. Until recently, the once widely known collection was almost forgotten. What happened to the art works and where are they today?
Since March 2017, the Mosse Art Research Initiative (MARI) at Berlin’s Freie Universität addresses these questions. The project is innovative in many ways. It represents the first public/private partnership in provenance research between public institutions in Germany and the descendants of victims of Nazi persecution.
In her lecture, the director of MARI, art historian Meike Hoffmann, will introduce the Mosse case, explain the novel concept and present the successes of MARI.
Time and place:
Henry-Ford-Bau, Hörsaal A, Garystraße 35, 14195 Berlin