Art

Families fail in bid to reclaim £165m treasures

By Daniel Easterman, April 10, 2014

A panel of German legal experts has ruled that medieval artefacts worth £165 million should not be returned to three Jewish families.

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Gurlitt signs agreement over looted art

By JC Reporter, April 8, 2014

Art collector Cornelius Gurlitt has signed an agreement with the German authorities to allow investigators to hold on to artworks confiscated from him that could have been looted by the Nazis.

At least 593 pieces among over 1200 paintings found in Mr Gurlitt’s Munich flat will be held by a team researching whether the works were stolen from Jewish owners.

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Gurlitt says he will return looted art

By Rosa Doherty, March 28, 2014

A German art collector has confirmed that he will return Nazi-looted works to their Jewish owners.

Cornelius Gurlitt, who had hidden a large collection of masterpieces in his Munich flat, has decided to return the pieces of art after taking advice from his lawyers.

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Pop art queen’s quiet fame

By Simon Round, March 27, 2014

Deborah Azzopardi’s paintings are sold in poster, print and greeting card form globally. And if you do not know her name, you will almost certainly recognise examples of her work, sold worldwide by Ikea and retailers in 50 countries. But what is perhaps more eye-opening is how she became an artist in the first place.

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An interiors business designed to last

By Sandy Rashty, February 28, 2014

Israel-born Ze’ev Aram is one of the biggest names in British design.

For the past 50 years, people in the know have filled their homes and offices with interior pieces from his Aram Store, now based in Covent Garden.

Sitting in his office above the store, Aram reflects on his journey from Haifa to opening his first shop on King’s Road.

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Poland urged to do more to provide restitution to Holocaust victims

By Marcus Dysch, February 27, 2014

Dozens of British parliamentarians have written to Poland’s Prime Minister urging his country to do more to provide restitution to Holocaust victims whose property was seized during the war.

They said Britain should increase its work to aid survivors now living in this country who are seeking the return of their belongings, or compensation.

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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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