Investigating Avenues of Restitution for Artwork Confiscated in Castro-Era Cuba: A Comparison with Cases During the Nazi and Mao Periods

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Title:
Investigating Avenues of Restitution for Artwork Confiscated in Castro-Era Cuba: A Comparison with Cases During the Nazi and Mao Periods
Author:
Valencia, Olivia Marie
Issue Date:
2015
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
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Abstract:
This thesis discusses the pivotal role of art as a political pawn in the 20ᵗʰ century and how it was utilized and manipulated to promote governmental ideologies during the Nazi, Mao, and Castro regimes. The recognition of the monetary value and cultural influence of individual artworks resulted in their confiscation and/or destruction during World War II and the Cultural and Cuban Revolutions. Subsequent transitions in government produced the necessary political, economic, and social climates that allowed art to be reclaimed as part a society's cultural heritage. These shifts in collective mentality catalyzed the recovery and restitution of artwork that had been confiscated by the Nazis, and stimulated the recovery of China's cultural heritage. Cuba is presently faced with issues of restituting artwork confiscated under Castro and is at the beginning of the revelation process that has already begun in China and is well underway with the remnants of Nazi confiscation. Given that these processes in Cuba are still in their infant stages, the purpose of this paper is to review and evaluate scholarly proposals for Cuban restitution and to suggest additional avenues for restitution considering the current state of Cuban affairs.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.A.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Art History
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Romano, Irene Bald

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.titleInvestigating Avenues of Restitution for Artwork Confiscated in Castro-Era Cuba: A Comparison with Cases During the Nazi and Mao Periodsen_US
dc.creatorValencia, Olivia Marieen
dc.contributor.authorValencia, Olivia Marieen
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en
dc.description.abstractThis thesis discusses the pivotal role of art as a political pawn in the 20ᵗʰ century and how it was utilized and manipulated to promote governmental ideologies during the Nazi, Mao, and Castro regimes. The recognition of the monetary value and cultural influence of individual artworks resulted in their confiscation and/or destruction during World War II and the Cultural and Cuban Revolutions. Subsequent transitions in government produced the necessary political, economic, and social climates that allowed art to be reclaimed as part a society's cultural heritage. These shifts in collective mentality catalyzed the recovery and restitution of artwork that had been confiscated by the Nazis, and stimulated the recovery of China's cultural heritage. Cuba is presently faced with issues of restituting artwork confiscated under Castro and is at the beginning of the revelation process that has already begun in China and is well underway with the remnants of Nazi confiscation. Given that these processes in Cuba are still in their infant stages, the purpose of this paper is to review and evaluate scholarly proposals for Cuban restitution and to suggest additional avenues for restitution considering the current state of Cuban affairs.en
dc.typetexten
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen
thesis.degree.nameB.A.en
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen
thesis.degree.disciplineArt Historyen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
dc.contributor.advisorRomano, Irene Balden
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