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Deutschlandfunk - Germany | 05/11/2013

Close legal loopholes on Nazi-looted art

Investigators located a treasure trove of art worth more than a billion euros in the flat of an 80-year-old man in Munich on Sunday, according to media reports. Some of the artworks in question are thought to have been confiscated by the Nazis. This is a good occasion to finally set rules for how to deal with Nazi-looted artworks, the public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk points out: "Goebbels' propaganda ministry soon figured out that paintings by Chagall, Picasso, Matisse and Kirchner could put a lot of money in the war chest. ... So four art dealers were officially tasked with organising the sale of the works. ... Around 1,500 of them have now turned up in the home of the son of one of the dealers in Munich. And there are already commentaries demanding the return of the artworks. ... For decades Germany has failed to create binding laws to ensure that justice is done by the victims of the Nazis' widespread art looting. Now the opportunity to correct this has arrived - in Berlin."

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 18/07/2006

Arno Breker under discussion

"Arno Breker's works should be exhibited, and their aesthetic and political impact should be discussed," writes Stefan Koldehoff on the controversy surrounding Hitler's favourite sculptor, whose works a museum in the German city of Schwerin wants to exhibit. But Koldehoff points out that as long as Breker's heirs continue to block access to his legacy, there can be no well-founded discussion about his work: "A biography of Arno Breker that could stand up to academic scrutiny has yet to be written. The books that have been published so far are either demonising art-historical condemnations or the hagiographies of his strangely esoteric circle of friends. Those living in Breker's villa on the Rhine seem to have no interest in facilitating research on Breker."

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 18/01/2006

Return of Klimt Paintings

After years of litigation, a tribunal in Vienna has ruled that the Republic of Austria illegally declared five Klimt paintings which had formed part of the Bloch-Bauer collection as its own property. The tribunal has therefore returned the paintings to Maria Altmann, the almost 90-year-old heiress to the collection, and her relatives. The case sets a precedent, according to Stefan Koldehoff. "It shows that the phenomenon of looted art is not a national but an international affair. In Germany, not one museum has yet agreed with an appeal to the 'Limbach-Kommmission', which was expressly set up for the purpose of arbitrating contentious cases. The museums involved in such disputes are avoiding the commission like the plague. After all, they could also be forced to return works of art which were acquired by illegal means to their rightful owners. The Klimt ruling in Vienna has now shown that this internationally disgraceful behaviour which has being going on for years doesn't offer museums security against such claims."

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