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Finding Nazi-Looted Artwork in North American Museums And Collections

Zoom Borys

Dr. Stephen Borys is the Director and CEO of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Qaumajuq, and holds an adjunct professorship at the University of Winnipeg. He previously held curatorial posts at the Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; Oberlin College, Ohio, and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. He holds an Executive MBA, a PhD in Art History from McGill University, a MA in Art History from the University of Toronto, and a BA Honours from the University of Winnipeg.

This presentation looks at Holocaust-era Provenance Research in North America. Starting in the 1990s, international pressure began building to resolve the issue of Nazi-looted assets, including artworks. In 1998, 44 nations, including Canada, endorsed the Washington Principles, calling on nations to develop legal and regulatory means to address the issue, and on museums to identify and restitute Nazi-looted artworks to their Jewish owners.