Lecture by  Cathleen M. Giustino (Auburn University):  Cultural Rarities and Mass Confiscations:  Dispossessed Art and Architecture in the Protectorate  of Bohemia and Moravia and Postwar Czechoslovakia

Lecture by Cathleen M. Giustino (Auburn University): Cultural Rarities and Mass Confiscations: Dispossessed Art and Architecture in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia and Postwar Czechoslovakia

Place Prague, Husova 4, CZECH REPUBLIC
Organizer Ústav dějin umění, Akademie věd ČR / Institute of Art History Academy of Scienc
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The confiscation of architecture, art and antiques in
postwar Czechoslovakia deserves to be studied in its
own right, but it also merits being placed within
the wider history of the plundering of ethnic “Others”
and political outsiders that took place in Central Europe
in the years between 1940 and 1950. In this paper
I will use the Dobříš chateau in central Bohemia to
discuss the multiple and intersecting histories of mass
confiscations of cultural rarities that took place in
Czechoslovak territories during and after the Second
World War. Through this micro-historical approach I
hope to shed light on the movement and management
of architecture, art and antiques in twentieth-century
Central Europe across the 1945-line and advance
thinking about ways in which confiscations of cultural
property contributed to the historical construction
of value and heritage.