Issue #130 • Vol. 44.1 • February 2017

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Special Issue: Nazi Looted Art and Its Legacies

Special Issue Editors: Andreas Huyssen, Anson Rabinbach, and Avinoam Shalem

Contributors to this issue examine the legacy of Nazi-looted art in light of the 2012 discovery of the famous Hildebrand Gurlitt collection of stolen artwork in Germany. When the German government declassified the case almost two years later, the resulting scandal raised fundamental questions about the role of art dealers in the Third Reich, the mechanics of the Nazi black market for artwork, the shortcomings of post-war denazification, the failure of courts and governments to adjudicate stolen artwork claims, and the unwillingness of museums to determine the provenance of thousands of looted pieces of art. Contributors to this issue explore the continuities of art dealerships and auction houses from the Nazi period to the Federal Republic and take stock of the present political and cultural debate over the handling of this artwork. This issue includes a biography of Hildebrand Gurlitt, a microhistory of Nazi-looted Islamic objects, and a legal review of the reluctance of American museums to offer restitution.

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Print ISSN: 0094-033X, Online ISSN: 1558-1462