Nazi Germany

Swiss landscape painting—once destined for Hitler’s Führermuseum—acquired by London’s National Gallery

Alexandre Calame’s Chalets at Rigi was sold in 1996 at an auction of unclaimed works with proceeds going to benefit victims of the Holocaust

Old Masters meet Brutalism: inside Frick Madison in New York

Plus, the story of a notorious forger and artist Collier Schorr on August Sander

Hosted by Ben Luke. with guest speaker Vincent Noce. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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Will this notorious Nazi 'love nest' turn into an artists' utopia?

Proposed plans aim to convert Joseph Goebbels' summer retreat into artists studios, communal living spaces and a museum of tolerance

Babyn Yar: site where 100,000 victims were shot by Nazis to get one of world’s largest Holocaust memorial centres

“We do not want to create a big building that sits heavily” on this sensitive ground, says Robert Jan Van Pelt, one of the minds behind the project in Ukraine

Spitzweg drawing from Gurlitt hoard returned to Jewish publisher’s heirs

The musical scene was seized by the Gestapo in 1939 from Henri Hinrichsen, who died at Auschwitz

Mondrian’s heirs file US suit to recover four paintings worth $200m from a German museum

The complaint also demands compensation for four further works by Mondrian no longer at the Krefeld museum

Sculpture by Arno Breker—one of Hitler’s favourite artists—found buried in Berlin museum garden

Missing for 75 years, the large marble head, one of the artist's best-known works, was uncovered by chance during construction work at Kunsthaus Dahlem

Significant art emerged from traumas of the past—will the pandemic prove different?

As the coronavirus crisis stretches on, we look at how artists have captured confinement in recent history and what is being done now

Executed by the Nazis: the story of Vincent van Gogh’s brave great-nephew

This month the Van Gogh family pays tribute to Theodoor, the 24-year-old student who faced a firing squad in 1945

a blog by Martin Bailey

First live auction in Germany after lockdown features painting bought for Hitler

Neumeister in Munich will today host a live auction for a maximum audience of 20

Carousel in Frankfurt to recall the Kindertransport that saved thousands of children from the Nazis

Yael Bartana's public sculpture commemorates those who were shipped out before the Second World War

Hitler in Hell: German Historical Museum acquires George Grosz painting

Painted while Grosz was living in exile, the work has remained in the family since 1944

Three Nazi-looted works bought by Gurlitt return to Jewish collector’s heirs

Two paintings by Jean-Louis Forain were discovered in Cornelius Gurlitt’s trove; the third work, by Constantin Guys, was restituted by another family member

Berlin restitutes painting to heirs of 'degenerate' artist for the first time

A portrayal of Lot by Hans Baldung Grien was sold to the Gemäldegalerie in 1937 by Hans Purrmann

How a Nazi-looted painting entered an Israeli museum

Tel Aviv Museum of Art reveals surprising provenance of 19th-century work by Jozef Israëls, which will be restituted to Jewish owner’s heirs in October

Collector Egidio Marzona buys eastern German castle to host design academy

The property was once home to Paul Schultze-Naumburg, a leading proponent of Nazi cultural policy

Bern museum sells $4m Manet painting from Gurlitt art hoard

National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo agrees to buy the painting, Ships at Sea in Stormy Weather

'An invaluable resource' for provenance research: German pre-1945 auction catalogues are published online

The database includes 9,000 catalogues from more than 390 auction houses in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Van Gogh and Germany: Frankfurt mounts best show on the artist in recent years

Städel Museum tells the story of Germany's love affair with the painter, which ended in tragedy with Hitler’s rise to power

a blog by Martin Bailey

Nazi design exhibition at Dutch museum braces for protests

The show called Design of the Third Reich features the Volkswagen Beetle and Riefenstahl’s films

Germany’s Nazi past is evoked in Anselm Kiefer’s first retrospective in the UK

Dealing with the traumatic experience of growing up in a nation rising from the ruins of the Third Reich has been an important theme in the artist's work

Book Review: A largely visual tour of Anselm Kiefer’s enormous studios and working methods

More than 300 illustrations explain how the German artist’s studio spaces have played a fundamental role in shaping his vision, work and philosophy

The scholarly battle over Beuys

Let’s admit it: without the artist to explain and animate his work, much of it is incomprehensible

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Books: How America took on the propaganda war in occupied Germany

A study of US arts policy and the ideology of denazification in post-war Germany

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The German museum paintings secretly sold by the British government in 1946

Nearly 80 pictures, including works by Cranach and Kauffmann, were seized from the German embassy in London

Germans call for return of paintings in the National Maritime Museum seized by British troops

The London museum has turned down two previous requests for restitution

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The US Army’s hidden collection of Nazi art

Around 450 paintings made by artists working for the Third Reich are now in Washington, DC. They are unlikely to be returned to Germany

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Revealed: six paintings in Maritime Museum were seized by British troops from Nazi Germany

Last month we reported that a Nazi picture in the London gallery was taken by British soldiers at the end of World War II. We have now discovered that other works of art were also removed

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Growing evidence that Göring seized National Gallery’s Cranach from its pre-war owner

We uncover the remarkable story of how a US war reporter governed Hitler’s mountain retreat for a day and took control of Reichsmarschall Göring’s collection of stolen art

Auschwitz survivor wants her art back from concentration camp

Roma portraits were made by Jewish prisoner on the orders of Dr Josef Mengele

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Revealed: National Gallery’s Cranach is war loot

The painting was taken from Germany at the end of World War II

Nazi Loot Picasso case can proceed in California

Marilynn Alsdorf had hoped the case would be thrown out of court

Posters of the Spanish Civil War at the Wolfsonian

The Art Deco war comes to Florida International University

British Museum Old Master drawings subject to restitution claim

Four drawings are being claimed by the heir of a Nazism victim

Solid gold, fake Celtic cauldron found in lake

If deemed a Nazi object, it belongs to the Bavarian State

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Books: Latest assessment of Anselm Kiefer proves to be a book without a spine

An uncritical, adoring treatment of the artist has not served him well

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Hector Feliciano seeks $6.8 million from Rosenberg heirs for finding Nazi loot

The complaint demands a 17.5% finders fee for aiding the recovery of stolen artworks

Japan returns looted Paul Klee watercolour

A Kyoto museum has accepted “symbolic” payment for restituting a work of art

Knoedler and Seattle Art Museum settle over Matisse lawsuit

In 1954 Knoedler sold picture stolen from Paul Rosenberg by Nazis

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Book Review: How we almost lost the Mona Lisa

The Spanish involvement with Nazi-looted art and the part played by the Austrian resistance in saving works of art are among the revelations in this book

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New York Court of Appeals rules that Schiele paintings must be returned to Leopold Foundation

The paintings are claimed to have been stolen from their rightful owners during the Nazi annexation of Austria

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Mahler-Werfel restitution case revived, and put on hold

The council on looted art has postponed its decision on whether to return five paintings in the Oesterreiches Galerie to the granddaughter of Alma Mahler-Werfel

MoMA reached settlement agreement with Malevich heirs

The works in question were smuggled out of Germany during the Nazi regime for safe-keeping

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Growing unease over looted Lubomirski Dürers

A sheet of paper found in a second-hand book by The Art Newspaper details valuations of the drawings when sold by Colnaghi

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The National Gallery investigates wartime provenance of 120 paintings

The London gallery aims to ensure that they are not war loot and appeals for assistance in checking their recent histories

War-torn Picasso

At the liberation of Paris, Picasso declared, “I am not the kind of painter who goes out like a photographer for something to depict. But I have no doubt that the war is in these paintings.” This exhibition sifts the evidence

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War loot found in a rug dealer’s shop in Boston

Veteran’s reluctant admission of taking plunder clinches case

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