All posts in restitution

Eike Schmidt, Uffizi director, urges religious art be returned to places of worship

In many cases, it’s a lot easier for an artwork to find its way into a museum than it is to find the exit. If you follow restitution news, you’re incredibly familiar with the obstacles families and countries have to navigate to even hope to see an artwork returned to its original home. That’s why […]

Research wraps on Gurlitt trove leaving “very large gray area”

Eight years ago, Bavarian authorities searched the Munich flat of Cornelius Gurlitt looking for evidence of tax evasion. Instead, officers discovered a vast collection of works by artists like Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Max Liebermann, and Paul Klee. The works recovered from Gurlitt’s Munich and Salzburg homes became the centre of an investigation that many […]

Art World Roundup: toilet roll, antiquites in Germany, and art-loving gerbils

In this week’s Art World Roundup, we cover antiquities with uncertain pasts, a case of restitution, toilet roll art, and an art gallery… for gerbils.  Thousands head to the Huangshan mountains, forcing more closures As countries around the world continue to ramp up lockdown scenarios, China was able to begin easing restrictions last weekend. With […]

The Met restitutes 16th century silver cup to Holocaust victim’s heirs

Restitution had another win recently. Last week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that a 16th century silver cup, once the possession of a man murdered during the Holocaust, would be returned to his heirs. Taken nearly a 80 years ago, the return of the cup is another victory for those seeking the return of […]

A Lesson in Restitution: diving into expropriated art, World War II, and beyond

Purpose of this lesson: In recent years, restitution of art expropriated during the Holocaust era has piqued the interest of many around the world. Today, there is more information available to those looking for art that once belonged to their families, but how exactly did we get here? In this lesson, we will examine the […]

Dissecting the HEAR Act: the US’s law streamlining the restitution of art stolen during WWII

When Woman in Gold debuted in 2015, it brought to life the grueling process, albeit glamorized for the movie screen, of restitution. Starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, the movie follows Maria Altmann (played by Mirren) who, with the help of Randy Schoenberg (Reynolds), her lawyer, fights for the return of a portrait of her aunt, Adele […]

Germany returns two paintings to heirs of Jewish art collector and businessman

In the latest in restitution news, Germany has returned another two paintings taken during World War II. This time, the works have gone back to the heirs of a well-known Jewish art collector and the former owner of the paintings. The pair of medieval panel paintings were once part of Harry Fuld Senior’s extensive collection […]