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Three Cases of Persian Carpet Provenance in the Lands of the Former Habsburg Empire

This talk explores the trajectories of early-modern Persian carpets with contested provenance records. Against a complex  socio-cultural backdrop of post-Habsburg Central Europe, it traces the network of object sharing among dealers, private collectors and state institutions through three case studies concerning Vienna, Kraków and Budapest.

Each of the carpets in focus holds its respective pathway to accessioning and deaccessioning, while highlighting a certain degree of  commonality in the art provenance of Central European collections which got involved, one way to another, with cultural property trafficking in the mid-1930s and mid-1940s. Of particular emphasis in this talk is given not only to the political ideological spectrum, but also to wider ramifications of social and economic crises in Europe and beyond during the first half of the twentieth century.

Lecture by Yuka Kadoi, Universität Wien

The lecture will be held in English.

Yuka Kadoi, PhD, is an art historian and art historiographer with particular expertise in the mobility of artefacts, history of collecting and critical museology.

Organised by the Institute for Art History and Musicology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste as part of the workshop „Erwerbungen und Provenienzen Islamischer Kunst zwischen 1933 und 1945: Aktuelle Forschung und Vernetzung (Acquisitions and Provenances of Islamic Art between 1933 and 1945: Current Research and Networking)“.
Free admission.No registration required.

(Program in English)

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