Art

Campaigner’s new hope over battle for looted art

By Marcus Dysch, February 27, 2014

When the news broke last October that a hoard of Nazi looted art had been recovered from a pensioner’s grimy Munich flat, the public response was one of astonishment.

But Anne Webber was not surprised. For her, the discovery was merely further confirmation of what she had long-known — that German authorities remain reluctant to tackle one of the key remaining legacies of the war.

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Gallery acts to change painting's offensive description

By Marcus Dysch, February 20, 2014

The National Gallery has altered the description it gives visitors of a 17th century painting after complaints that the piece could be interpreted as antisemitic.

The Rich Man Being Led To Hell, painted by David Teniers the Younger in around 1647, is based on a New Testament teaching.

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Scottish life is a picture of interest to Passow

By Barry Toberman, February 17, 2014

London-domiciled Glaswegian Michael Mail wanted to do something to “recognise and celebrate the Scottish Jewish story”. Then he came across the work of award-winning photographer Judah Passow and knew he had found the answer.

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George Clooney sees the big picture in recovery of Nazi-looted art

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2014

German Jew Harry Ettlinger took part in one of the greatest treasure hunts in history during his wartime service with the US Army, helping to recover five million pieces of looted Nazi art. Now, the exploits of Ettlinger and his comrades from 13 Allied nations, dubbed The Monuments Men, are the subject of a new film starring and directed by George Clooney.

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Ben Uri Gallery launches pro-immigration campaign

By Daniel Easterman, February 13, 2014

The Ben Uri Gallery has launched a campaign to promote the beneficial impact immigrant communities have had on British society.

The gallery, which specialises in European Jewish art, has changed its website to highlight great works by painters who came to this country as immigrants, labelling them as “Great British artists”.

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Rarely seen Auerbach painting due to sell for £800,000

February 7, 2014

A Painting by Jewish artist Frank Auerbach is expected to fetch up to £800,000 when it is sold at Sotheby’s in London next week.

The piece, entitled Morning – Mornington Place, has not been seen in public since the early 1970s, when it was bought by an Italian family in Milan, and remained in storage ever since.

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Probe over painting owned by Goering

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 31, 2014

The National Museum of Wales is investigating how one of its most important artworks once came to be in the possession of senior Nazi Hermann Goering.

The museum, which owns one of the UK’s most important art collections, is conducting special research into its 16th-century portrait of Welsh noblewoman Catrin of Berain, painted by Flemish artist Adriaen van Cronenburgh.

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From the inside, the Ben Uri Gallery is looking out

By David Glasser, January 30, 2014

‘As an onlooker, it is enough for me to say that were this London Jewish Museum of Art and its collections, in New York, it would be in receipt of proud, munificent patronage, and lodged in a fine and suitable building.

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Gurlitt suggests he may return looted art

By Marcus Dysch, January 28, 2014

The reclusive German pensioner accused of hoarding more than 1,400 pieces of art thought to have been looted by the Nazis is reportedly willing to return items to the heirs of their original owners.

Cornelius Gurlitt had said he intended to keep the paintings discovered at his Munich flat after details of the haul were revealed last November.

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V&A releases record of art confiscated by the Nazis

By Rosa Doherty, January 23, 2014

The Victoria and Albert museum is to make public a definitive list of “degenerate” art confiscated by the Nazis.

The inventory contains details of 16,558 works taken by the regime from museums and art galleries in Germany during 1937 and 1938.

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