Monday, March 08, 2010

Following the Trail to "Dead City" at Gratz College in Philadelphia - April 16

Egon Schiele's Dead City III - Now at the Leopold Museum

On April 16, Gratz College in Philadelphia is hosting a continuing legal education program called "Following the Trail to "Dead City" that will discuss the Egon Schiele oil Dead City III stolen from Fritz Grunbaum while he was in the Dachau Concentration Camp.   Austria recently appointed a commission to investigate the provenance of Dead City and is expected to issue a report in the next few months.   The decision will have repercussions on institutions such as Oberlin College, the Morgan Library, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Carnegie Institute, Harvard's Fogg Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, all of which have artworks that followed the same provenance path as Dead City - through an art gallery in Switzerland called Gutekunst & Klipstein that is today Galerie Kornfeld run by Eberhard Kornfeld through Galerie St. Etienne in New York City.

If you would like to make a full day of it, the morning session features IBM and the Holocaust: Legal and Ethical Implications by Edwin Black (I included the information below).

The link is here.

Raymond J. Dowd, Esquire

April 16, 2010

Event Categories: Continuing Legal Education at Gratz College

This course presents the intriguing story of Egon Schiele’s painting, Dead City, after it was stolen by the Nazis and legal efforts to bring it back into the Grunbaum family.

Mr. Dowd will discuss how Fritz Grunbaum’s art collection surfaced in Switzerland in 1956 under disputed circumstances and was later found in the Leopold and Albertina museums in Austria. In 1998, District Attorney Robert Morgenthau seized Dead City (along with Portrait of Wally) at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and unleashed an international debate over what countries should be doing to return art to Jewish heirs. Mr. Dowd will underscore the role of the Swiss in laundering Nazi-looted art; the response of the Austrian government, which has been somewhat less than cooperative; and the new commission the U.S. may establish to assist Holocaust victims and their heirs. Mr. Dowd has spoken on this topic at the Jewish Museum in Berlin and at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. A terrific companion to last year’s popular course on “Reclaiming Nazi Looted Art.”

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Three (3) substantive credits: $100

Discount for full day: $185. Contact Mindy Blechman for discount:; 215-635-7300 x 154

Lunch included for participants who attend both classes.

Cost: $100.00


CLE: IBM and the Holocaust: Legal and Ethical Implications

Mr. Edwin Black

April 16, 2010

Event Categories: Continuing Legal Education at Gratz College
As the Third Reich embarked upon its plan of conquest and genocide, IBM and its subsidiaries helped create enabling technologies, step-by-step, from the identification and cataloging programs of the 1930s to the selections of the 1940s, all for the sake of profit. Mr. Black will review the carefully crafted corporate collusion with the Third Reich as well as the structured deniability of oral agreements, undated letters, and Geneva intermediaries. This was undertaken as the newspapers blazed with accounts of persecution and destruction.

Mr. Black will then broaden his discussion on corporate complicity in the Holocaust to the Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Carnegie and Rockefeller.

One (1) ethics and two (2) substantive credits: $100

Breakfast included; dietary laws observed.

Doors open at 8:30 am; course starts promptly at 9:00 am.

Speaker’s publications available for purchase and signing.

Cost: $100.00

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