Meike Hopp is a researcher at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte (ZI) in Munich in the research department “Provenance Research/Values of Cultural Assets”. Her main areas of research include the transfer and relocation of cultural heritage, as well as theft and plundering during National Socialism and the immediate post-war period, and in particular research into the art and auction market in the first half of the 20th century.
The central role that the art and antiques trade played in the mass relocation and expulsion of cultural heritage in times of war and occupation, as well as within the processes and mechanisms of state-organized theft of art by the National Socialists, has meanwhile been proven by several studies. On the other hand, the phenomenon of the trade in antiquities during National Socialism was largely ignored by researchers. During her fellowship at the Excellence Cluster Topoi, she investigated the networks of the German antique trade between 1914 and 1949.