The Indianapolis Museum of Art presents The Rape of Europa on Saturday, October 3, 2009 and again on October 23, 2009 as part of Butler University’s Mahler Project. The film begins at 1:30 pm on October 3 and 7:00 pm on October 23. Tickets are $9.00 for Indianapolis people, $5.00 for museum members and FREE to Indianapolis kids with a student ID. Directed by Bonnie Cohen, Richard Berge, and Nicole Newnham, The Rape of Europa explores the systematic theft of great works of art by the Nazi party.
Denied admission to art school, Adolf Hitler used the theft of art as a weapon during World War II. The documentary film, The Rape of Europa, examines Nazi looting of the great museums and private art collections of Europe in an attempt to obliterate cultural identities. The film’s epic scope explores a descendant of painter Gustav Klmit’s flight to regain a portrait of her aunt, Louvre staff members who packed and moved 400,000 pieces of art as the Nazis advanced, and the “Monuments Men” who plumbed salt mines to recover stolen art after the war. The film’s story is narrated by Joan Allen.
The October 3, 2009 screening of The Rape of Europa includes a post-film discussion at 3:45 featuring Indianapolis Museum of Art associate curator Annette Schlagenhauff, Chief Registrar Kathryn Haigh, and Jennifer Anglim Kreder, Assistant Professor of Law at Northern Kentucky University. The three will discuss the significance of World War II Era Provenance Research to American museums, the intricacies of Provenance Research, and exciting developments in World War II Era provenance research and restitution today.
Make an afternoon of it by visiting the nearby Indianapolis downtown or the Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village. In these Indianapolis cultural hotspots you can sample the best of Indianapolis restaurants and Indianapolis bars. Discuss the impact this film has on American as well as Indianapolis art as your take in the beautiful Circle City in the Fall.
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