June 2019

The Art of the Steal: Nazi Looting during World War II

Welcome to The Arts Society Halifax
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 12:45
Square Chapel, 10 Square Road Halifax HX1 1QG

The final lecture of our 2018-19 Season - over 20% of Western Art was looted by the Nazis and the effects are still evident today.

The Nazis looted over 20% of Western Art during World War II confiscating art from Jewish families and emptying museums such as the Musée d’Orsay, hiding some of their haul in salt mines and caves. The effects are still evident today, in contemporary restitution issues and current international recovery efforts.

This lecture will cover the following topics: setting the scene in Germany, the Fuhrer museum, Nazi art repositories, post war restitution and the Monuments Men.
Several landmark international cases will be discussed, including Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer and the stash of looted art found in Cornelius Gurlitt’s flat.


Ms Shauna Isaac

Shauna Isaac has been active in World War II art restitution for several years and has worked with families and government organisations to recover Nazi looted art. She set up the Central Registry on Looted Cultural Property and served as a member of the Working Group for the Holocaust Era Assets Conference in Prague. Shauna studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art in the UK and Smith College in the USA. She is a regular lecturer at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Her publications include articles for The Art Newspaper, The Times Literary Supplement and Art Quarterly. She is a contributor to the book Insiders/Outsiders: Refuges from Nazi Europe and their contribution to British Visual Culture.