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Nazi Art Looting Presentation Returns



Back by popular demand, please join Chief Curator Holly Keris for an encore presentation of a closer look into Nazi Art looting.

So, what do the Nazis have to do with Jacksonville, you ask? With two pieces of Nazi loot uncovered in The Cummer’s permanent collection, the answer is more than you might think.

From 1933 through the end of World War II in 1945, the Nazi regime systematically pillaged cultural property and artworks throughout continental Europe.  Some of their loot was sold to fund Nazi-related activities; some became the property of senior party officials.  Other pieces were destroyed.  After the war, tens of thousands of confiscated objects were recovered by the Allies, but that was only a portion of the works stolen. Although exhaustive efforts were made to return these objects to their rightful owners, many works of art never found their way home.

To this day, museums and individual collectors still struggle to verify the proper ownership of works of art that changed hands during these years.

This presentation returns as part of The Cummer’s Talks & Tea Series, which invite you to sit comfortably in the Galleries and Gardens of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens while art historians, artists, and other experts facilitate informational and educational discussions on various topics related to the Museum’s permanent collection, as well as special exhibitions. At the conclusion of each talk, tea and light refreshments will be served. This presentation on Nazi Art looting will take place on Wednesday  May 15 and Thursday, May 16 at 1:30.

Call 904.899.6038 to make your required reservations, and we will check your name in at the door on the day of the event.  Tickets are $6 per person.

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