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San Nicolò in San Gemini and the Dislocation of Monumental Artworks in the First Half of the 20th C.
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6/8/2018 to 6/9/2018
When: Friday, June 8, 2018
Where: Abbey of San Nicolò
Umbria
Italy
Contact: Francesco Gangemi

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International Conference San Gemini (Umbria, Italy), Abbey of San Nicolò, June 8-9, 2018

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Abbey’s restoration (1967–2017), the conference will address the phenomenon of legal exportation and reinstallation of monumental complexes and oversized artworks in the first half of the 20th century. The Abbey’s portal, which arrived in the United States in 1936 and stands today at the entrance of the medieval collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, will serve as the starting point to examine the circumstances around the exportation of works from Italy until the Second World War.

The specific focus will be monumental complexes and large works — rather than easily movable objects — which have been legally exported in peacetime.

In addition to the case of San Gemini, the conference aims to promote an interdisciplinary dialogue on the significance of an artwork’s context and on the social, legal and intellectual connotations of its removal. Thus, we especially consider themes such as the fortune/misfortune of the original site as the context for a work’s conservation and interpretation; the installation of these monumental works within a museum context and their subsequent impact on the practices of collecting; the cultural substratum of these dislocations as it emerges in the response of intellectuals and scholars, and the historiographic consequences.

The conference is promoted by Massimo and Leda Violati with the Associazione Valorizzazione del Patrimonio Storico San Gemini Onlus, and supported by the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck Institute for Art History in Rome, with the cooperation of the Department of Medieval Art of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Concept and organization: Bruno Toscano and Francesco Gangemi

Advisory board: Francesco Gangemi, Florence | Duccio K. Marignoli, Spoleto | Tanja Michalsky, Rome | Anita Moskowitz, New York | Enrica Neri Lusanna, Florence | Bruno Toscano, Spoleto

PDF download of conference program flyer.

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