14th May 2019
The May meeting will be held on 14 May 2019, at 11.00am in Easterbrook Hall. Coffee will be available from 10.30am.
The May Lecture is ‘The Art of The Steal: Nazi Looting in World War Two’:, and the lecturer is Shauna Isaac.
The Nazis looted over 20% of Western Art during World War II, confiscating art from Jewish families and emptying museums throughout Europe. This lecture will provide an overview of Nazi looting by setting the scene in Nazi Germany, discussing Hitler’s obsession with art and how the Monuments Men recovered art after the war. Several landmark cases will be discussed in detail, including Gustav Klimt’s celebrated Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer and the stash of over 1200 artworks found in possession of the son of a notorious Nazi dealer.
Shauna Isaac has been active in World War II art restitution for several years and has worked with families and government organisations to recover Nazi looted art.
She set up the Central Registry on Looted Cultural Property and served as a member of the Working Group for the Holocaust Era Assets Conference in Prague. Shauna studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art in the UK and Smith College in the USA.
Additional copies of 50 Treasures of Dumfries and Galloway remain available for sale.
The visit to Holker Hall in Cumbria and to Cartmel Priory on May 15th 2019 will depart Wickes carpark at 8am prompt. May we ask those that are going on the trip to be ready to board the coach by 0750.
All members are respectfully asked if they would consider joining the committee as Membership Secretary at the beginning of 2020, as Pam has completed her term and she would like to handover to new blood.