Prof. Dr. Gregor M. Langfeld is affiliated with the University of Amsterdam and the Open University and specializes in modern and contemporary art. Research emphases include German art and the interaction between art, politics and society during specific periods, not least the years of National Socialism. Special areas of interest are migration, looted art and provenance research.
His interest also extends to the history of art collecting and canon formation, the way preferences for certain art forms change. His aim is to understand why the works of certain artists, works of art and movements are included in the canon, and regarded as authoritative, whilst others are largely ignored. In line with this, he has initiated an international research project on the institutionalization of modern art: (Un)Mapping Infrastructures: Transnational Perspectives on Modern Art, 1900-1990 (https://ahm.uva.nl/content/research-groups/unmapping-infrastructures/unmapping-infrastructures.html).