Showing posts with label Erhard Göpel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Erhard Göpel. Show all posts

Oct 22, 2018

Explorations of Art Market Networks as LOD

Linked Jazz Triple Builder: a start for Goepel
In an earlier post, we explored the Nazi era art market network formed by Göpel (Goepel), Wuester, Holzapfel, Lefranc, Mandl, Birtschansky and Bloch. Is it possible to express their relationships and actions as linked open data?

How to formalize the relationships between these art market professionals and opportunists?

Does it make sense to approach the representation of this network as a kind of prosopography?

Feb 26, 2018

WWII Art Looting Networks: Göpel (Goepel), Wuester, Holzapfel, Lefranc, Mandl, Birtschansky and Bloch
National Archives 

Erhard Göpel was an art historian who worked as an art dealer for Adolf Hitler

Göpel's role in art looting was extensively documented by, among others, the OSS Art Looting Investigation Unit during and after the Second World War. His wife, Barbara, was also an art dealer.

The Göpels (or Goepels) are back in the news in 2018 as The Art Newspaper reports: "Widow of Hitler’s art dealer, Erhard Göpel, bequeaths Max Beckmann works to Berlin" by Catherine Hickley)

"Erhard Göpel was a key member of the Linz Special Commission, the team of dealers who purchased—and looted—art across Europe for Hitler’s unrealised Führermuseum, planned for his home town of Linz. Göpel was instrumental in acquiring the Schloss family collection in Paris after it had been looted by the Gestapo. The collection, assembled by an Austrian-born French Jew, included works by Rembrandt and Frans Hals. After the war, Göpel evaded sentencing and spent the rest of his career organising exhibitions in Munich."...
In 1944, Göpel travelled to the Netherlands and Belgium on an art shopping spree with Hildebrand Gurlitt, the dealer whose collection caused a worldwide media sensation when it was discovered in the Munich apartment of his son Cornelius Gurlitt in November 2013. During their business trip they visited Beckmann, who was living in Amsterdam in exile with his wife Quappi. As a victim of Joseph Goebbelss campaign against Modern art, Beckmann had left Germany the day before the Degenerate Art exhibition opened in Munich in 1937. "
- The Art Newspaper, Feb 21, 2018