The focus of our research has been the Kunstraub (art theft) policy of the Third Reich, in particular the Sonderauftrag Linz (Special Assignment Linz), Hitler's secret project to house the best of the gathered art in a vast museum to be built in the city of his youth. His own plans and elevation sketches exist, as do the detailed plans and some of the models of Giesler and Frick, the assigned architects. The project raises certain questions.Please send your message to: Artworks@yorku.ca
Records of these events, like the events themselves, are contradictory. Accounts range from self-serving journalistic efforts to eyewitness reports, government records to historical compendia of destroyed or displaced works, and list after list of who had what, what went where, and when. Together these give us a shifting, incomplete reflection of one possible relationship between art and politics, and of the several kinds of madness at work in the glorification of the state, then and since.
What follows is a grouping of notes and references drawn together by some of the artists who have been thinking about these questions. This list, far from comprehensive, and not yet in alphabetical order, is made up of notes by Bernie Miller and Jeanne Randolph, library and Web site lists compiled by Daniel Olson, some of my own (VF) discoveries, detective work by Anna Wieler, and an ancillary reference list from Betty Spackman and Anja Westerfrölke.
Though rough, these notes and lists are nevertheless a kind of tracing of where we've been. New entries are being added as we go, and you are invited to contribute names of articles or books or offer comments you consider essential to the interrelated questions of missing art, collecting fever, culture and politics, and the Führermuseum.
SUBJECTS: Art thefts--Europe.