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08.05.2019 | 19.00 Uhr

The Hugo Helbing Lecture: Refugee Art Dealers in England in the 1930s–40s

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Lecture by Michael Kauffmann

This lecture will centre on about ten individuals who were friends and colleagues of the speaker’s father, Arthur Kauffmann. Formerly director of the Frankfurt branch of the auction house Hugo Helbing, Kauffmann emigrated with his family to London in 1938.England was also the chosen destination of Kauffmann’s colleagues such as Grete Ring, Alfred Scharf, Franz Drey, Herbert Bier and Robert Frank. In discussing the effects of emigration on their biographies, the talk will draw upon personal memory as well as knowledge of these individuals’ careers.


At the same time, the lecture will also reflect on the impact of refugee dealers on the art market in England. The London dealers were indeed very welcoming to the new arrivals at the time, a fact which greatly helped the latter – who considered themselves as refugees rather than exiles – to take root.


Michael Kauffmann, born in Frankfurt in 1931, emigrated with his family to England in 1938, was Professor of History of Art and Director of the Courtauld Institue of Art (University of London) and is author of many museum catalogues and publications on medieval manuscript illumination.


The lecture is held in English.



Venue NS-Dokumentationszentrum München, Auditorium

Admission free

Organiser NS-Dokumentationszentrum München in cooperation with Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte

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