Keynote by Prof. Dr. Birgit Kirchmayr which focuses on George Clooney’s 2014 film "The Monuments Men", followed by a panel discussion. Free admission, please register.

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Framing the "Monuments Men" - Past and Present

Panel discussion / Free admission, please register at reservierung@amerikahaus.de


The history of the artists and art historians in the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section (MFAA) of the Allied Forces – also known as Monuments Men – has been a recurrent topic in the past decades. The best-known example is the Hollywood movie The Monuments Men.

The Munich Central Art Collecting Point (CCP) was an initiative of OMGUS (Office of Military Government for Germany). From 1945 to 1948, Gallery I and II in Munich (today Haus der Kulturinstitute and Hochschule für Musik) were used as storage sites for the identification and restitution of cultural artefacts that had been confiscated, looted, and transferred to depots in Bavaria and the Alps. The evening highlights the beginnings of archival research as well as current critical analyses.

Introduced by Lynn Nicholas, author of the seminal Rape of Europa (1994), the keynote by Birgit Kirchmayr focuses on George Clooney’s 2014 film The Monuments Men and is followed by a podium discussion.

Prof. Dr. Birgit Kirchmayr is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Modern and Contemporary History at Johannes Kepler University Linz.

Welcome remarks:
Stephen F. Ibelli, U.S. Consulate General Munich
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Pfisterer, Director, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte

Moderation: PD Dr. Christian Fuhrmeister

Organizers: Bavarian American Academy in cooperation with the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte and PREP (German/American Provenance Research Exchange Program for Museum Professionals)

(Photo: ©Christian Fuhrmeister)

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