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Workshop Retrospects 2018

The History of the Klemperer Collection – A Collective Comic

The History of the Klemperer Collection – A Collective Comic

Excerpt from the "The Klemperer Collection - A Collective Comic".

Gustav and Charlotte von Klemperer assembled one of the most important private collections of historical Meissen porcelain, which their sons inherited in 1926. During the NS-Regime, the family had to flee Germany and their precious artworks were confiscated. 1991 and 2010 they were restituted. Parts of the collection were generously given as a gift to the museum in Dresden.

Together with the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and the German Lost Art Foundation we invited six young EUSTORY Alumni from Germany, Israel, Latvia, the United Kingdom and Spain to learn about NS persecution, provenance research and restitution of artworks and to share their insights in an up-to-date form. With the help of comic artist Elke Renate Steiner, they created a comic telling the story of the family von Klemperer and their collection.

Take a look at the comic and get a glimpse behind the scenes by watching the making-of video and learn more about provenance research and questions of restitution of art.

And if you’re curious, you can learn even more about how the young Europeans and their view on art and provenance research here.

We would like to extend our thanks to

Maria Obenaus (German Lost Art Foundation/Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden), who organised the workshop and the finalising of the product;

Freya Paschen (German Lost Art Foundation), who organised the EUSTORY Summit workshop together with the Körber-Foundation and who substantially contributed to the success of the cooperation between the three partners;

Annete Loesch (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden), who gave us highly valuable insights into her research on provenance and restitution of art;

Elke Renate Steiner (Comic Artist), who sparked the creativity of the young participants, helped them to develop the concept and finalised the product;

Valerie Eckl (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden), who filmed the event and created the video documentation;

and last but not least, Beatriz (Spain), Franzi (Germany), Anete (Latvia), Gwen (UK), Lara Mia (Germany) and Eitan (Israel), who contributed their time, effort and creativity.

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Working at the EUSTORY International Office at Körber-Stiftung since 2018 (EUSTORY Summit, EUSTORY History Campus).

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