Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur
Museum d’art dal Grischun Cuira
Museo d’arte dei Grigioni Coira


Telemachus' Odyssey. from princes to national socialists

Angelika Kauffmann’s Telemachus painting managed to survive a veritable odyssey until it reached Chur and the collection of the Art Museum Graubünden. Princes and national socialists owned Kauffmann’s Telemachus until the odyssey came to an end in the native country of the artist. This incredible story resembling a criminal case is part of the exhibition, in which the provenances of works from the Art Museum’s collection are addressed and presented to the public for the first time.

Provenance research is detective work. Its task is to investigate the history of works and to document the details of ownership and change of hands in a sequence as unbroken as possible. In the past two years the provenance reappraisal of a selection of works from the collection was carried out thanks to the financial support of the Bundesamt für Kultur BAK and the SWISSLOS/Kulturförderung Kanton Graubünden.

Symposium on provenance research
Friday, March 19, 2021, 4 pm

The symposium at the Art Museum Graubünden throws light on the provenance research according to different aspects. Real-world case studies (Gurlitt, Glaser or Kauffmann) are discussed, as well as legal, political or ethical questions. The event is not only aimed at professionals but also at the general public.

- Dr Nicole Seeberger, Head of Provenance Research at the Art Museum Graubünden: Introduction
- Joachim Sieber, Kunsthaus Zürich / Präsident Schweizerischer Arbeitskreis Provenienzforschung: Provenienzforschung und Sammlungspflege
- Dr. Carolin Lange, Lange & Schmutz Provenienzforschung GmbH: Fall Angelika Kauffmann
- Dr. Anita Haldemann, Kunstmuseum Basel: Fall Curt Glaser
- Prof. Dr. Felix Uhlmann, Präsident Kunstkommission Kunstmuseum Basel / Lehrstuhl für Staats- und Verwaltungsrecht sowie Rechtsetzungslehre, Universität Zürich: Fall Curt Glaser
- Dr. Nikola Doll, Kunstmuseum Bern: Fall Cornelius Gurlitt
- Prof. Dr. Matthias Weller, Kunst- und Kulturgutschutzrecht, Universität Bonn: Internationale Restitutionspraktiken und deren Vergleiche

Moderation: Dr Thomas Schmutz, Lange & Schmutz Provenienzforschung GmbH

Information and Booking
The Symposium is conducted in German.
Admission: CHF 25.- (including museum admission).
Booking: info@bkm.gr.ch
Tel. +41 (0)81 257 28 70

Museum of Fine Arts Bahnhofstrasse 35 CH-7000Chur T +41 81 257 28 70 F +41 81 257 21 72 info@bkm.gr.ch
Tu-Su 10.00 – 17.00 Th 10.00 – 20.00