The Transfer of

Jewish-Owned Cultural Objects

In the Alpe Adria Region International Workshop

Lucca, Italy - September 18-19, 2017
San Francesco Complex, Piazza San Francesco 19

We would like to thank for the workshop's imagine: Istituto regionale per la storia del movimento di liberazione nel Friuli Venezia Giulia-IRSML and Centro Isontino di Ricerca e Documentazione Storica e Sociale Leopoldo Gasparini. Imagine published in: S. Bon, La spoliazione dei beni ebraici: processi economici di epurazione razziale nel Friuli Venezia Giulia, 1938-1945, Centro Isontino di Ricerca e Documentazione Storica e Sociale Leopoldo Gasparini, 2001, p. 24. Archival Source: IRSML, Archivio Fotografico, AF b.VI/20°

About TransCultAA

The research "Transfer of Cultural Objects in the Alpe Adria Region in the 20th Century" (TransCultAA) is the first attempt to investigate the transfer of cultural assets in the Alpe Adria area in the 20th century. In an unprecedented transnational and collaborative way, it will engage a multinational team of scholars to analyze “Uses of the Past”, in particular historical and current conflicts of ownership, patrimony, and cultural heritage.
The research team composed of “principal investigators” (PI) from Croatia, Germany, Italy, and Slovenia, with associated partners in Austria, looks forward to this international research challenge, which traces not only the tangible movement of objects, but also their role as symbolic capital.

"Transfer of Cultural Objects in the Alpe Adria Region in the 20th Century" (TransCultAA) is a HERA project.
This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2010 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 649307

Participating Institutions:

  • Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, München, Germany (project leader)
  • University of Udine, Department of History and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Udine, Italy (Italian PI)
  • IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy
  • Archivio Centrale dello Stato, Rome, Italy
  • Polo museale del Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy
  • Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, France Stele Institute of Art History, Ljubljana, Slovenia


About the Workshop

The first International Workshop of the HERA project "Transfer of Cultural Objects in the Alpe Adria Region in the 20th Century" (TransCultAA) will take place at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca on 18-19 September 2017.
The workshop will focus on the Jewish-owned cultural property in the Italian Alpe Adria region.

As a geographic zone of transit, the Alpe Adria region, broadly understood, was characterized by an intense displacement of cultural assets owned by Jews through confiscation, plunder and seizure by German and Italian authorities during WWII.
The TransCultAA project members will point out the complexity of the phenomenon at a transnational level. In particular, they will present and analyze the different administrative practices in the management of Jewish-owned heritage, investigate the institutions, organizations and networks, examine the trajectories of victims and perpetrators, and also try to document the objects present or in transition on the territory. In doing so, the aim of the TransCultAA project is not only to trace the tangible movement of objects, but also their role as symbolic capital. Accordingly, alongside ‘high’ art also ‘low’ art and everyday objects – which all played a role in developing individual, collective and national identities – will be taken into account. Finally, multinational members of TransCultAA will share the results of their recent and ongoing research projects, and recommend new approaches and paths for investigations in this field.


Poster Exhibition

Welcoming Cocktail & Poster Exhibition Inauguration
September 18th – 6.00 p.m.

Kindly confirm your attendance to the Welcoming Cocktail by Monday, September 10th.

An essential part of the workshop is the Poster Exhibition that will be inaugurated in the late afternoon of September 18th in one of the cloisters of the San Francesco Complex at IMT Lucca. The purpose of the twelve posters created by the TransCultAA research group and by international scholars in the field is to present various case studies examining the fate of Jewish-owned cultural property in the Italian Alpe Adria region during and after Second War World.
The exhibition links the fates of single Jewish art collections in existence or in transit in the Alpe Adria territory during the war with the different provisions affecting the management of Jewish property during and after the war.
Every poster is written in two languages: English and Italian. At the inauguration of the Poster Exhibition, the public will be able to interact directly with the authors of the posters.
The Poster Exhibition is curated by Daria Brasca and Emanuele Pellegrini. The Poster Exhibition is free and open to the public from: September 18-28, 2017 Monday to Sunday: 09.00 a.m. - 08.00 p.m. The Posters were edited by Felicia Caponigri and Agnese Ghezzi of IMT Lucca. Graphic by

List of authors

  • Daria Brasca
  • Emanuele Pellegrini
  • Gisèle Lévy
  • Claudia Crosera
  • Davide Spagnoletto
  • Elena Franchi
  • Camilla Da Dalt
  • Cristina Cudicio
  • Caterina Zaru
  • Maria Tischner
  • Darija Alujević
  • Antonija Mlikota
  • Barbara Murovec
  • Anja Iskra
  • Katarina Mohar
  • Renata Komić Marn

Poster Exhibition in collaboration with: Martina Visentin
 Download the full list of biographies

List of panels (click on the title to download)

Information & Contacts


The conference will be held at the IMT campus, in the San Francesco complex, located in the historical centre of Lucca (Piazza San Francesco, 19).
More information on how to reach IMT can be found here.


There are several hotels and B&B’s nearby the conference venue.
We strongly recommend you to book your accommodation well in advance, as it will be very busy in Lucca during this period.
A list of suggested Hotels and B&Bs is provided below.

Hotel Ilaria 4* (Via del Fosso)
Hotel Celide 4* (Viale Giuseppe Giusti)
Hotel La Luna 3* (Via Fillungo)
A Palazzo Busdraghi (Via Fillungo)
B&B Dimora dei Guelfi (Piazza San Pietro Somaldi)
B&B Lucca in Villa (V.le Armando Diaz)
B&B Cento Passi dalle Mura (V.le Armando Diaz)
Residence Santa Chiara (Via Santa Chiara) (5 rooms only)
B&B Anfiteatro (Via dell'Anfiteatro)
San Martino & Diana Hotel (Via della Dogana)
Palazzo Tucci (Via C. Battisti)
Hotel Moderno (Via Vincenzo Civitali)


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