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The Gibbes Museum of Art Presents Scandals: A Lecture Series on Famous Crimes in the Art World

Three Lectures Occur Wednesdays Beginning February 23

(Charleston, South Carolina January 13, 2011) – Beginning in late February, the Gibbes Museum of Art will host a three-part lecture series that delves into scandalous events that have rocked the art world. The Scandals Lecture Series explores a variety of fascinating topics including auction house price-fixing, a high-stakes art heist, and the restitution of Nazi-looted art. Following each lecture, guests will enjoy a wine and cheese reception, book signings, and a chance to mingle with the speakers.
The schedule of speakers is as follows:

The Art of the Steal: Inside the Sotheby’s-Christie’s Auction House Scandal
February 23 at 6pm
Author and journalist Christopher Mason will provide an inside look at the Sotheby’s-Christie’s price-fixing scandal that surfaced in the spring of 2000. This gripping tale of greed and corruption follows the powerful personalities who broke the law, resulting in jail time and over $500 million in fines.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Art Heist: Unlocking the Mystery Behind the World’s Largest Art Theft
March 2 at 6pm
Join author Ulrich Boser as he sheds light on the world’s largest art heist, the 1990 theft at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Posed as cops, thieves broke into the museum in the early morning hours and escaped with priceless masterpieces, including three Rembrandts and a Vermeer—paintings that have yet to be recovered.

Reclaimed: The Restitution of Nazi-looted Art from the Goudstikker Collection
March 9 at 6pm
This lecture will focus on cultural property lawyer and art historian Dr. Frank Lord’s involvement with the recent restitution of artwork from the collection of Jacques Goudstikker. In 1940, Goudstikker, a Jewish art dealer, fled the Netherlands during the Nazi invasion, leaving behind over 1,200 artworks that were seized by the Nazi forces.

Tickets for individual lectures are $20 for museum members and $30 for non-members. Tickets for the series of 3 lectures are $50 for museum members and $80 for non-members. Advance ticket purchase is recommended at the Gibbes Museum Store, online at, or by calling 843-722-2706 x22.

Scandals: A Lecture Series on Famous Crimes in the Art World is sponsored by Duvall Catering and Event Design,, and the Charleston School of Law.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. 

Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works of fine art, principally American works with a Charleston or Southern connection and presents special exhibitions annually. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives.

As the aesthetic heart of the Lowcountry, the Gibbes serves the community by stimulating creative expression, increasing economic vitality through tourism, and improving the region’s superb quality of life.

135 Meeting Street * Charleston, SC * 29401