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Walter Farmer with the bust of Nefertiti

Monuments Men – Protection of artworks during wartime

As “art historians in uniform”, the so-called Monuments Men were concerned with the protection of cultural objects during the Second World War. Starting point of this military unit was a civilian initiative to protect the cultural heritage of the art […]

Walter Farmer with the bust of Nefertiti

Captain Walter Farmer – Wiesbaden’s First CCP-Director

More than 70 years ago,  on a hot early summer of 1945 , a young soldier from Ohio came to Frankfurt – unaware that he  soon will play a significant role for the German art treasures, but already with the honorable aim […]

No lessons learned from the Monuments Men?

At the workshop “Protection of historical cultural values in wartime – Second World War to Syria” I recently met Isber Sabrine (Chair of “Heritage for Peace”), Prof. Paul Harris (Auburn University, Alabama), PD. Dr. Uwe Hunger (FoKos Siegen) und Sascha Krannich […]

The “Painted Queen” Visiting Wiesbaden

World famous artworks in the province – how the German small town Wiesbaden became a storage facility for art treasures after World War II The end of World War II meant a turning point for the field of visual arts. […]

The Wiesbaden Manifesto – A Symbol for Protecting Cultural Heritage

George Clooney shows us in “The Monuments Men” the story of American art protection officers – while the war is still in full swing – catching up with the advancing troops through Europe. Initially concerned about the European monuments and  architecture they also searched […]

The adventures of the little butterfly catcher

It’s that slightly bizarre appearance, inherent in many Spitzweg paintings that also characterizes the Butterfly Catcher. In the foreground of a tropical landscape in muted brown-green tones surreal giant blue butterflies are fluttering around, almost like extraterrestrial creatures. In the background of the painting the […]

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