All posts in restitution

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 […]

Nine Nazi-looted artworks returned by Munich institutions

Over eight decades have passed since Julius and Semaya Franziska Davidsohn, Jewish art collectors, were arrested by the Gestapo. On that day in 1938, the entirety of their possessions were seized by the Nazis in Munich and the Davidsohns, who had no children, were taken to a concentration camp. Now, nine works that were owned […]

Jamaica calls on British Museum to return artefacts

Amid heightening tensions concerning the repatriation of items currently residing at large institutions, Jamaica has joined the list of countries looking for the return of culturally significant items. Before Jamaica’s parliament, Olivia Grange, cultural minister of Jamaica, called on officials at the British Museum in London to return artefacts that were taken from the island […]

Appellate court upholds ruling by Justice Charles E. Ramos: what this means for Fritz Grünbaum’s heirs, works by Egon Schiele, and the HEAR act

After tediously fighting for two artworks by Egon Schiele, the heirs of Franz Friedrich ‘Fritz’ Grünbaum (1880-1941), a famous cabaret singer from Austria and a vocal critic of the Nazi party, are one step closer to possibly bringing the artworks home. On July 16th, a panel of five judges in a New York Appellate court […]