Restitution, Provenance research, Reappraisal of the colonial past
Bénédicte Savoy is professor of Modern Art History at the Technical University of Berlin and holds the International Chair for “Cultural History of Artistic Heritage in Europe, 18th – 20th Century” at the Collège de France in Paris. Her research is mainly focused on forced transfer of artworks in times of war and during the colonial era. She is a leading voice in the current public debates on the history of collecting under imperial and colonial circumstances and issues of restitution. She has also been part of many commissions of trust including the Scientific Advisory Board for the German Tentative List of UNESCO-World Heritage Sites (2013-2014), the conseil scientifique du Musée du Louvre (2015-present) and the German Lost Art Foundation (2015-present).