Ben Uri buys Holocaust horror art

August 26, 2010

A jubilant Ben Uri Gallery was celebrating its latest acquisition this week: an important work by the distinguished German artist George Grosz, which in brutal clarity shows the horrors of the Second World War.

Grosz, who was not Jewish, and died in 1959, painted Interrogation - a man being tortured by Nazi soldiers - between 1936 and 1939, following his emigration to the USA in 1933.

There are only 15 examples of Grosz's work on public view in the UK, just six of which are in London.


£100m claim for Klimt and Schiele artwork

By Jessica Elgot, August 19, 2010

A British man has found himself at the forefront of a £100m Holocaust restitution claim for a vast collection of paintings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.


Spencer Tunick plans nude photo in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, August 16, 2010

An artist famous for photographing large crowds in the nude is hoping to take his show to a new low - the Dead Sea.

Spencer Tunick wants to stage the unusual event there to draw attention to the environmental threat of receding waters.

Mr Tunick, who is Jewish and whose father and grandmother live in Israel, originally applied in March for permission to shoot at the Tel Aviv port.


Row over Jacob and Sons church paintings

By Simon Rocker, July 30, 2010

An MP is lobbying the Church of England to prevent the sale of historic paintings linked to the emancipation of Jews in Britain.

For more than 250 years, pictures of Jacob and his Twelve Sons, by the Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbaran, have hung at Auckland Castle, the official residence of the Bishop of Durham.

But Helen Goodman, the Labour MP for Bishop Auckland, is worried about their long-term future.


Hungarian government sued over Nazi art theft

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2010

The family of a Jewish banker whose art collection, valued at more than £60 million, was allegedly looted by the Nazis during the Holocaust has filed a lawsuit against the Hungarian government.

The heirs of Baron Mor Lipot Herzog are demanding the return of more than 40 valuable paintings and sculptures by artists including Monet and Velasquez.

After it was stolen the collection came into the possession of the Hungarian government and much of it is now on display in the country’s art galleries.


Payout for painting looted by Nazis

By Jennifer Lipman, July 21, 2010

An Austrian museum has agreed to pay more than £12 million for a painting stolen from its Jewish owner by the Nazis.

The dispute over the expressionist painting by Egon Schiele was due to go to trial later in July, but has now been settled outside of court.

The family of its Viennese owner, Lea Bondi Jaray, described the large payout as proportional to the artwork's true value.


Museum pays £26,000 for rare Chagall

By Jessica Elgot, January 4, 2010

The London Jewish Museum of Art - the Ben Uri Gallery - has bought a rare Marc Chagall painting for a fraction of its value after spotting it in a Paris auction.

The museum, based in St John’s Wood, London, secretly bought the 1945 work Apocalypse in Lilac, Capriccio, which had been previously unknown to collectors, for £26,600.


Chagall's Jerusalem Windows sells for £82,000

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2009

A set of 12 prints depicting the biblical scene when Jacob blesses his sons on his deathbed have been sold at Christie’s for £82,250.

The Jerusalem Windows (Douze Maquettes de Vitraux pour Jérusalem) were originally designed by Marc Chagall in 1962 for the synagogue attached to the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Centre, Israel’s first hospital.

It was Chagall’s first stained glass work. The designs were later turned into the set of lithographs by Charles Sorlier.


Review: Chagall: Life, Art, Exile

By Matt Shinn, November 20, 2008

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Brightly coloured lovers flying over Russian rooftops; synagogues and rabbis; violinists; the odd donkey or two: few artists have a more easily recognisable style than Marc Chagall.