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Musique et Spoliations: In search of Nazi looted musical instruments and artifacts

February 28, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm MST

Musique Et Spoliations

Inspired by the “whereabouts” of world renowned harpsichordist and pianist Wanda Landowska (1879-1959)’s instrument collection, Pascale Bernheim, founding member of “Musiques et Spoliations”, talks about the terrible disappearance of musical instruments during the second World War. These instruments and other musical artifacts are “victims” of Nazi propaganda, today coveted around the world. Their stories reflect the atrocities of that time and at the same time, preserve memories of artists who have since passed.

Featured Speaker: Pascale Bernheim

Pascale Bernheim
Pascale Bernheim was born and raised in Paris, France where she lives. Her work is focused on arts and culture. She began her career as an art agent, specialized in classical music; she then went on to be responsible for promotion and distribution for a vocal and instrumental ensemble, and subsequently specialized in production and communication. She held positions at the Musee du Louvre, France Musique (French public music radio station), Foundations, Theaters, Music Festivals, Orchestras, Dance Companies, Music Labels, Art Centres, various museums, and, …. Food Conferences! In 2016 she decides to dedicate her time and research to Nazi looted instruments and artifacts, and in 2017, creates the non profit, Musique et Spoliation

Musique et Spoliations

Since 2017, “Musique et Spoliations” has endeavoured to help locate musical instruments confiscated or lost during the Second World War.This non-profit organization is further dedicated to identifying the history of musical instruments in circulation today. This research has led to an interest in a more contemporary issue, which is the complex question of how artworks and cultural artifacts circulate throughout the world today. Over the course of its existence, “Musique et Spoliations” has identified relative source information currently held in public and private archives. It has achieved an initial assessment of the available resources in this field.
Musique et Spoliations Website

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Audio Clips

Wanda Landowska explaining her desire to play during the war
Wanda Landowska playing a Scarlatti piece with bombs going off in the background


February 28, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm MST


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