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Art market

Sotheby's to auction £4m restituted Bellotto painting that Jewish retail magnate was forced to sell to Hitler

The view of Dresden's Zwinger moat had been returned to the heirs of Max Emden and will now be offered for sale in London on 28 July

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Nazi loot

US government recommends that the Supreme Court hear German museums’ appeal on Guelph Treasure claim

The solicitor general’s recent filing suggests the Nazis’ looting of Jewish collections in Germany was a domestic rather than international crime

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Provenance

Curator reveals how a Jewish collector snuck a medieval tapestry out of Nazi Germany

Victoria Reed, the provenance curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has been sharing the history about a work from the collection each day on Twitter while the museum remains locked down

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Nazi loot

Hitler’s helpers? German dynasty’s restitution claim hangs on Nazi ties

Hohenzollern family is seeking compensation for thousands of works and expropriated property

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Law

The US Supreme Court’s silence on Nazi art theft fails Holocaust survivors

Last week’s decision to reject an appeal over the ownership of Picasso’s The Actor was a missed opportunity to clarify the limitations of the 2016 HEAR Act

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Restitution

Italy hands Nazi-looted Renaissance sculpture from the Uffizi to Germany

Andrea della Robbia’s Mary Magdalene was acquired by Hermann Göring in 1941

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Nazi loot

German court rules in favour of Nazi-looted art database, although owners say a listing makes works unsellable

Lostart.de is caught between the conflicting demands of claimants and the holders of disputed art

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Nazi loot

Supreme Court delays Guelph Treasure appeal so US government can add its views to case

The German state museum agency has argued that it cannot be sued in American courts by heirs of Jewish dealers who sold the works during the Holocaust

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Appointments

Nazi loot expert joins Louvre to investigate its wartime acquisitions

Hire of French art historian Emmanuelle Polack suggests a more proactive stance on Nazi-era provenance research at Paris museum

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Art market

Sotheby’s to auction three Nazi-looted works restituted to Jewish collector’s heirs

Two paintings by Signac and one by Pissarro are expected to fetch as much as £20m

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Restitution

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

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Restitution

Dr Oetker returns painting to heirs of Jewish tobacco dealer murdered by the Nazis

Leo Bendel was killed at Buchenwald three years after he sold the painting by Carl Spitzweg to fund his escape from Nazi Germany

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Restitution

FBI recovers painting suspected as Nazi loot from US museum

Gari Melchers's painting of a winter landscape, which was in the Arkell Museum in the state of New York, belonged to the media mogul Rudolf Mosse

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Restitution

German Nazi loot panel divided on Max Stern painting—but returns it to his heirs anyway

For first time, advisory team stipulates that work must not be sold for ten years in case evidence emerges that contradicts its ruling

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Restitution

Uffizi recovers Nazi-looted painting from Germany

The Dutch still life heads back to the Florence museum after bold campaign by director

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Nazi loot

Seattle Art Museum sues New York dealers Knoedler

The heirs of Parisian dealer Paul Rosenberg demand the return of a Matisse stolen during World War II

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Nazi loot

Berlin museums appeal to US Supreme Court in dispute over €200m Guelph Treasure

The case 'shouldn't be heard in a US court', argues the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation

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Nazi loot

Mass theft of art from East German citizens revealed in new report

Study reveals that up to 8% of museum acquisitions were looted from private citizens

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Nazi loot

Court case over three Derain paintings will test France's promise to speed up Nazi-era claims

Grandchildren of art dealer René Gimpel accuse French culture ministry of blocking restitution of works hanging in state museums

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Restitution

Netherlands to restitute two paintings sold by Jewish businessman in Nazi era

Restitutions Committee recommends return of two Golden Age works to heirs of Jacob Lierens

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Law

US Supreme Court declines to hear appeal on Nazi-looted art

Norton Simon Museum can keep two Lucas Cranach masterpieces

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Looting

A 'missed opportunity'? US seeks to return painting looted by Nazis to Ukraine

Questions are being raised about how the work ended up in the US and why such a public seizure is being pursued now

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Restitution

Panel urges return of Hitler’s Bellotto paintings to heirs of Jewish retail magnate

German advisory commission on Nazi-looted art says paintings in government collection should be restituted to the descendants of Max James Emden

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Nazi loot

German cathedral returns Nazi-looted Dutch Old Master to heirs

Dutch Square is one of many paintings Bavaria returned to the families of the looters instead of the original Jewish owners after the war

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Cornelius Gurlitt

Signac painting in Gurlitt hoard identified as Nazi loot

Restitution discussions with descendants of Jewish owner are underway

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Museums & Heritage

Austrian exhibition to reveal story of Wolfgang Gurlitt, art dealer for the Nazis turned museum director

Lentos Kunstmuseum in Linz confronts the legacy of its controversial first director, cousin of Hildebrand Gurlitt

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Nazi loot

Holocaust-era art restitution: more complex than you think

A rush to judgement has resulted in notable errors with some "Nazi-looted" art having been purchased legally

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Art market

European Parliament calls for restitution overhaul

Resolution includes proposals for database of looted art, support for provenance research and exemptions from statutes of limitations

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Nazi loot

Max Stern: dealer's heirs still fighting for looted art justice

With works from the forced liquidation of his gallery by the Nazis still regularly turning up in Germany, two current restitution claims by his heirs could have major ramifications for all those seeking to recover looted art

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Looting

Heirs of Baron Herzog continue battle for Nazi-looted art collection despite US Supreme Court dismissal

Decades-long case to reclaim works held in Hungary’s museums will now go through US District Court

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Restitution

Dutch policy on Nazi-loot restitutions under fire

The “smallest and most chilling distinctions are being made in order to allow museums to keep their collections intact,” experts say

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Exclusive interview with Edmund de Waal, plus Roma persecution

How artists fight persecution is explored with the artist and author of the Hare with Amber Eyes and Krzysztof Gil, who describes the chilling history of "Roma hunting". Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Museums & Heritage

Washington Principles: the restitution of Nazi-looted art is still a work in progress, 20 years on

Major conference in Berlin this week marks anniversary of landmark agreement

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Restitution

Dusseldorf auction house returns Dutch seascape to heirs of Jewish art dealer Max Stern

Auctioneer Frank Hargesheimer compensates consignor, sees “moral duty” to restitute art lost due to Nazi persecution

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Restitution

Düsseldorf faces Nazi-era claim for Franz Marc’s foxes

Painting hangs in the city’s Museum Kunstpalast

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Restitution

The marathon legal battle over property confiscated by the Czech government

Aristocratic family has been fighting for the return of castles, palaces and art for the past 20 years

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Tate’s director criticises government report on Nazi loot

Nicholas Serota says the document, which recommends the restitution of a Constable from the gallery’s collection, contains multiple inaccuracies

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Nazi loot

Nazi loot claim for Tate’s Constable

Beaching a Boat, Brighton, has been claimed by the heirs of Baron Ferenc Hatvany

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Restitution

Israel steps up hunt for Nazi-looted art

Museums under pressure to research collections for Holocaust victims’ assets

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Restitution

Getting back art from Gurlitt’s hoard of Degenerate art

While the legal status of stolen or confiscated works is as yet unclear, there is hope for those who make claims for restitution

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Restitution

Ongoing Nazi loot restitution claims

A look at some of the artworks subject to ongoing international restitution claims

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Lawsuits

Collector Steven Brooks says Sotheby’s sold him Nazi art

Uncertainty over whether the work—once owned by Goering—was looted has apparently left it unsaleable

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Provenance research

Canada under pressure over potential Nazi loot

Montreal museum returns painting amid growing calls to fund provenance research and return disputed works

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Restitution

Getty Institute publishes Nazi auction data

Rise in restitution claims expected after launch of online German auction catalogues for 1930-45

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Restitution

Statues remain with Rijksmuseum as heirs’ Nazi loot claim rejected

The Dutch advisory committee on the assessment of restitution applications has rejected a claim for two sculptures by the 15th-century German artist Tilman Riemenschneider

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Obituaries

Bettina Looram dies

The last surviving child of Baron Alphonse von Rothschild, of the Austrian branch of that family, dies aged 88.

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Looted art

The Dutch government gives up its claim on Nazi loot

The decision not to appeal cannot but weaken its claim to other war booty such as the Koenigs collection still held in Russia

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Restitution

French heirs sue Serbia over seized paintings

Works held at Belgrade National Museum

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Restitution

Schiele restitution case could damage NY business, say dealers

The ruling in long-standing legal battle may threaten defence that a purchase was made in good faith

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Nazi loot

We don’t own that Modigliani: restitution case faces legal dilemma

Nahmads say the contested painting belongs to another organisation

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Restitution

Herzog’s heirs given go-ahead to pursue Hungary for Nazi loot

They seek to recover 32 looted works

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Goudstikker

J.Paul Getty Museum vows to return piece from Goudstikker collection

However, the whereabouts of many works of art from the collection are still unknown

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Restitution

Courtauld faces renewed spoliation claim following Dutch decision

Though initially the claim was rejected, a case from the continent may leave room for appeal

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Restitution

Ten years after our report, the looted Benevento Missal will be returned to the cathedral

How The Art Newspaper changed the law

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Museums

Grosz heirs vs MoMA case dismissed

MoMA maintains that the Grosz works were never Nazi loot

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Restitution

Restitution case targets Thyssen museum

But it may not be legally possible to sue Spain in the US courts

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Museums

New evidence in Grosz Nazi loot case against MoMA

Museum disputes heirs’ claim for three works by the German painter George Grosz

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Restitution

Books: How we got the loot back from the Nazis

The story of the US Monuments Men

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Provenance research

Munich pushes provenance research concerning possible Nazi looting

The project, led by Dr Vanessa-Maria Voigt and Dr Horst Kessler, came about by a chance find in a desk...

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Ukraine suffered “colossal” looting during World War II

New research challenges Russians’ claim that they own many cultural valuables from the independent state

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Egon Schiele

The increasing role of the market in settling restitution claims

Shakeouts of Nazi-looted occurring increasingly in the marketplace

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Restitution

Minneapolis hands Léger to collector’s family

The painting was stolen from its Jewish owner during the Nazi occupation of France

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Restitution

The time has come for a statute of limitations on restitution: stemming the flow of works from museums

Since the late 1990s there has been a strong push towards provenance research of collections and museums, and restitution of items that were looted or taken by the Nazis during their period of power

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Provenance research

Dresden takes major provenance research project to Russia

Strives to break restitution “logjam”

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Dresden state museums expand provenance research — all the way to Russia

Strives to break restitution “logjam”

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Provenance research

Dresden to spend €15m and employ 65 researchers on biggest provenance study ever undertaken

1 million objects will be examined and recorded over 10 years

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Restitution

Leopold Museum in Vienna accused over Nazi-looted art

Institution says restitution laws don’t apply as it is a private gallery

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Restitution

Dutch restitution group to carry on for three more years

Former vice-president of the Dutch Supreme Court is named chairman

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Goudstikker

Successful Amsterdam sale concludes the series of Goudstikker auctions

Old masters, recovered as a result of one of the world’s largest Nazi restitution claims, net $20m

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Restitution

Courtauld restitution claim dismissed

The three Rubens paintings will remain with the gallery

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Restitution

MoMA and Guggenheim file joint appeal against restitution effort

They dispute claims made by Julius Schoeps on Picassos in their collection

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Restitution

Dutch museums face largest ever restitution claim

Heirs of dealer Nathan Katz says 225 paintings were sold under duress

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Austria

Leonard Lauder’s Klimt landscape belongs to me, says heir of Nazi victim

Georges Jorisch is represented by Randol Schoenberg, the lawyer who last year won his eight-year case against Austria for the return of five Klimts to California resident Maria Altman

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Nazi loot

V&A will not get casket back

Medieval casket returned to UK owner; Czartoryski family to pursue case with support of Polish Ministry of Culture