Noah's BBC and National Geographic Documentaries
Noah appears as a guest expert and presenter on two TV documentaries this winter. "The World's Most Expensive Stolen Paintings" appears on BBC2 on December 21, 2013 and "Hunting Hitler's Stolen Art Treasures" appears on Nat Geo Channel on February 5, 2014.
Noah's "The Secret History of Art" Blog
- Writing for Publication Workshop in Ljubljana
The Secret History of Art will be teaching a three-day workshop on writing for publication at the Humanities Faculty of University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. It will run March 5-7, 3 hours a day, covering fiction, non-fiction books, and articles. It does not so much teach how to write as how to be a writer: the logistics and tactics for acquiring an agent, preparing a successful book proposal, writing pitches to magazine editors, and then preparing your work for success with anglophone readers (who prefer a very different style than is common in central and eastern Europe). We’ve got a full compliment of students this year (last year’s two-day version was fully booked, with a waiting list), and it looks like I’ll be offering this annually. For more information or for future such workshops, visit www.noahcharney.com.
- Interview with Bozidar Novak, PR Guru from Yugoslavia to Harvard
The Slovenian businessman, Bozidar Novak, has worn many hats. He was one of the first public relations gurus, in the Western vein, to work in Yugoslavia, and he is the head of several successful businesses in Slovenia. He is also a popular columnist and proponent of his hometown, Maribor, which enjoyed the status of European Capital of Culture in 2012. His latest book, “Capital: Adventures in PR, from Yugoslavia to Harvard to the European Capital of Culture” was just released.
It is not a novel, nor is it a book of conventional true stories. This is a bombardment of flashes, quotations, insight, sweet PR seduction on a local and global scale, high calorie columns under that common denominator that was the town of Maribor, during its year-long stint as European Capital of Culture, in 2012. Radical fictional non-fiction with a dash of fictional license, short essays that go well beyond the boundaries of genre and outgrow the scope of a newspaper column. In a column you want to cover the distance from A to B, but Božidar Novak gallops way beyond the whole alphabet: awakening, provocation, sex (according to marketing experts even a mention of the word is a guarantee to increase readership by 200%, something I genuinely wish upon him), social engagement, (self-)irony and evasive criticism. Before us is a book that was not written for the sake of Maribor as the European Capital of Culture, but because of the way we Slovenes – people from Maribor are no exception – are exactly as we wish not to be. Even worse: we are as we least dare to admit we are. In this respect something needs to urgently be done, be it the European Capital of Culture or this book.
We spoke with Bozidar Novak about his career and his new book.
How did you get to go to Harvard Business School? Do you have to apply, or are you invited?
Good question! After almost twenty five years in business consultancy, mostly in Slovenia and Europe, I applied Harvard Business School program for owners and presidents. After two years HBS invited me, because of their top criteria. In three years program I got impression that there is not unimportant that in 2010 Slovenia played soccer with USA in South African world cup. And I was first one in almost forty years history of the program from Slovenia. There is a reasons. For Owners and president Harvard Business School program – you have to own private company with yearly income 5 millions $ (today is 10, because the part of private company growing). And in 2 millions Slovenia is not a lot private companies with individual ownerships where dominant share is owned by private persons. Because till the fall of Berlin wall in 1989, and destroyed of Yugoslavia, private ownership was almost prohibited.
What was your first impression when you met Harvard classmate Tyra Banks?
Not really impression. Nothing specially. Readers will read about it in the book. At the beginning I was only one from our classmates who did not know how huge superstar Tyra is. I could said she done the carrier, because of talent and hard work. Not because of good looking.
What did Public Relations consist of during Yugoslavia? Was it entirely state-run, or were there private PR firms?
In principle there was not PR companies in Yugoslavia. For PR we need free market and democracy. In Yugoslavia companies and politics were lead by Communist party, and they do not need PR, because they owned and controlled all media. Our company SPEM, is the oldest PR company in ex Yugoslavia, and now in Slovenia. Established in 1986. We started like the group of young opponent’s students. We started like campaign managers in first multi party election in Slovenia.
What is your favorite thing about Maribor? If you were to recommend an ideal one-day visit for a foreigner, what would you suggest they do there? Where should they eat? What should they see?
In winter take ski day at Pohorje, especially at Areh. Pohorje ski area is the Eastern part of European Alps. You know, they are seven Alpine countries. Swiss, Austria, Slovenia, Germany, France, Italy and Liechtenstein.
Slovenes tend not to have “alpha” personalities, preferring to be more passive and not to stand out too much. You are the opposite! How did you come to be so positive, outgoing, charismatic, and well…un-Slovene in your attitude toward life and business?
You think so? You must know because you are independent and neutral American who live short period in Europe.
What are the companies you founded, and what sort of business is each in?
Mostly top consultancy in Public Relations. We started like group of students who have done political campaigns. And because, after collapse of Yugoslavia and when fee market started in early 90s, we started to offer communications services to corporations, banks, insurances, and in short time we established group of communications services companies. Including marketing research, polls, consultancy, PR, media buying, media, an similar services.
What are the advantages of starting a business in Slovenia, as opposed to other countries?
Hahahahaha, there is not advantages, because Slovenia is one of two European countries who is still in recession. From American eyes Slovenia is perfect country for high life quality. You could ski dally, a lot of culture, national operas and theaters, good health services, good public education services, but is little bit less useful for hard business.
What prompted you to write this book?
Too many stories happened last few decades after Berlin wall fall to not be written.
What is your favorite anecdote that you tell in the book?
I write about Barbie, the greatest icon of western civilization, in this book.
Simple Barbie joke. Anyway, the only joke I can remember is the one about Barbie and Ken. Why is a divorced Barbie five times more expensive than an ordinary Barbie doll? Because you get Ken’s house, car and boat thrown in, as well.
Who do you imagine is the ideal reader of your book? Who will enjoy it most?
English version? Mostly American “liberals” from Boston, Harvard schoolmates, PR professionals from all over the world, and normal people who would like to se back room from top consultancy, politics and art stars.
Thank you for speaking with us, Bozidar, and best wishes on all your projects!
This interview was not edited.
- British Monuments Men & the World’s Most Desired Object
- Study Art Crime in Italy
2014 POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN ART CRIME AND CULTURAL HERITAGE PROTECTION
The application period for the 2014 Postgraduate Certificate Program in Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection will run from October 01, 2013 until March 01, 2014. Late applications will continue through April 1 subject to census availability. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until census is full so apply early.
For a detailed prospectus and an application please contact us at: education (at) artcrimeresearch.org
The Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA) 2014 Postgraduate Certificate Program in International Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection Studies will be held from May 30 through August 15, 2014 in the heart of Umbria in Amelia, Italy.
In its 6th year, this academically intensive ten week program provides in-depth, postgraduate level instruction in a wide variety of theoretical and practical elements of art and heritage crime. Students will explore its history, its nature, its impact, and what is currently being done to mitigate it. Students completing the program earn a postgraduate certificate under the guidance of internationally renowned cultural property protection professionals.
This program will expose participants to an integrated curriculum which occurs in a highly interactive, participatory, student-centered setting. Instructional modules include both lectures and “hands-on” learning from case studies, in situ field classes, and group discussions. At the end of the program, participants will have a solid mastery of a broad array of concepts pertaining to cultural property protection, preservation, conservation, and security.
During the program students explore such topics as:
art crime and its history
art and heritage law
art crime in war
the art market and associated risk
the market of illicit antiquities
law enforcement methods
archaeological looting and policy
At the close of the 10 week lecture portion of the program each candidate must complete a considerable piece of written work demonstrating original and significant research. ARCA assigns a supervisor to oversee the research. The supervisor provides final approval of a finished paper, which should be of publishable quality. After completion of all program coursework and the final paper a student is awarded ARCA’s postgraduate certificate in Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection.
This interdisciplinary program offers substantive study for art police and security professionals, lawyers, insurers, curators, conservators, members of the art trade, and post-graduate students of criminology, law, security studies, sociology, art history, archaeology, and history.
November 15, 2013
—Early Application Deadline
March 30, 2014
—General Application Deadline
April 30, 2014
—Late Application Deadline
—Advance Reading Assigned
May 30, 2014
—Students Arrive in Amelia
May 31-June 1, 2014
June 2, 2013
August 8, 2013
August 9-15, 2013
—Students Housing Check-out **
—Thesis Submission Deadline
**Some students stay a few days longer to participate in the August Palio dei Colombi, Notte Bianca and Ferragosto festivities.
For questions about programming, costs, and census availability, please write to us for a complete prospectus and application at: education (at) artcrimeresearch.org
- Imagining Hitler’s Fuhrermuseum
The Secret History of Art’s latest article, among very many you may have noticed, related the Monuments Men film was in The Daily Beast. It imagines Hitler’s planned Fuhrermuseum in Linz, for which he stole thousands of European masterpieces. As an art historian, there is a dark interest in what that museum would have been like, wandering its halls. Take a look here.