The Ethics and Morality of Restitution of Art

Hosted by The Baltimore Ethical Society Meetup

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Monique Goss, Artist and Holocaust Survivor

Details: The process of claiming family-owned property and works of art is the topic of today’s talk. Our speaker’s perspective is gained from being the granddaughter and sole surviving heir of Ignatz Pick, who prior to World War II was an avid art collector as well as a successful antiquarian and gallery owner in Vienna, Austria. His business was confiscated by the Nazi regime during 1938’s Anschluss, the political union in which Austria was absorbed into Nazi Germany. Goss’s efforts to pursue her family property through museums and by working with international authorities will be described. The central ethical question she will pose is whether such works should rightfully continue as museum possessions or should be recovered by heirs.

Speaker Bio: Monique Goss has an M.A. in education from New York University. Born in France, she is a Holocaust survivor, who came to the United States with her mother in 1947. Goss is a contributor to the website LootedArt.com and an artist living in Charles Village.