Prominent expert in looted art to speak at Binghamton University Homecoming


     As part of Homecoming weekend at Binghamton University, Dieter Binder will present “The Long Shadow of National Socialism: Austria’s Struggle with the Restitution of Looted Art” at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 14, at Casadesus Recital Hall located in the Fine Arts building on the University campus.  This presentation is free and open to the public. 

     Binder was a mediator in the case of Altmann vs. the Republic of Austria, which led to the recent restitution of several Klimt paintings. The paintings, from the collection of Ferdinand and Adele Bloch Bauer, have been restored to their owners and are being exhibited at the Neue Galerie in New York City.

     Binder’s speech will be the inaugural event in the Larry Wells Annual Lecture Series, which is sponsored by the Wells Family and an alumna of the Binghamton University German program, Doris Braun, in honor of the late Binghamton University Professor Larry Wells.

     Binder also has a special Binghamton connection. He taught courses on Austrian cultural history in the University’s study abroad program at the University of Graz from l979-l992. Since 2003, he has taught as guest professor at the Andrassy University of Budapest, where he was asked to serve as dean in 2006-2007.

     Binder is also a member of the Austrian military-historical commission for monuments and has been its chairman since 2004.

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Last Updated: 9/17/13