Symbolic Capital? Prices at the Louvre around 1800

Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy

In early 1810 the French government passed a law requiring all state museums to systematically list their complete holdings.


Art Theft – Art Market – Art Propaganda:
The material and ideological appropriation of Rembrandt under National Socialism

Dr. Dorothee Wimmer

This research project, centering on the material and ideological appropriation of Rembrandt under National Socialism, analyzes the interdependence between propaganda and the trade in works by Rembrandt in the “Third Reich”, comparing this to the periods before and after the period of National Socialism.


The Art Market Dictionary – AMD

Dr. Johannes Nathan
The AMD is the first encompassing dictionary on the art market and its historic development. Published in English, the AMD will provide invaluable access to information on the trade’s principal agents such as auction houses, commercial galleries, art dealers and advisors.


The Founding of the Auction House Hôtel Drouot 1852 in Paris:
A New Space for Engaging in the Valuation of Art

Lukas Fuchsgruber M.A.
In 1852, the newly erected auction house Hôtel Drouot opened its doors to the public. Here, the Association of Auctioneers proceeded with the sale of artworks, furniture, decorative art, fashion, and curiosities.


The Development of East Asian Art Collections in Europe:
Networks – Market Mechanisms – Taste (1842-1939)
Dr. Christine Howald
The forced opening of East Asia in the mid-nineteenth century suddenly opened an enormous market of original art treasures, setting off a wildfire of euphoria for asiatica in the West. The present research project contrasts the international actors and their transnational networks, both of which influenced the Western engagement with the art of the Far East.