25 January 2023


More Restitution Problems For Picasso, Van Gogh And British Museum Antiquities

Restitution is proving to be a complex and challenging problem for many museums and private collections. This week alone, several cases have been filed. Reputations that were once beyond question have now been brought into question.

17 June 2019


UK Museums Now Protected From Court-Ordered Seizure For Loaned Artworks 

UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has vowed to protect objects on loan from abroad in temporary exhibitions in UK museums from seizure by the UK courts.

12 December 2016


Looted Nazi Art Bill Approved By US Senate To Speed Up Restitution

A new bill to speed up the return of artwork stolen by the Nazis during WWII has passed the US Senate after its approval in the House of Representatives last week.

19 August 2016


Restitution Fail: Adam & Eve Cranach Panels To Remain In California

Two of the most famous paintings in the world, 16th-century panels depicting Adam & Eve by Lucas Cranach the Elder are to remain at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena after a ten-year restitution battle.  The artworks were looted by Nazis from art dealer Jacques Goudstikker, who died fleeing his home country. They were then sold to Adolf […]

29 March 2016


Van Gogh’s The Night Cafe: US Supreme Court Rejects Appeal For Restitution

The US Supreme Court has rejected an appeal for the return of a Vincent Van Gogh masterpiece “The Night Cafe” from the descendants of a Russian collector who claim that the painting was stolen from them by the State, following the 1917 Revolution.  The  Supreme Court decision is the last chance saloon of the case for Frenchman Pierre Konowaloff’s legal […]

23 November 2015


Disputed Matisse Portrait In The National Gallery Was Stolen Claims Family

A painting by the French Fauvist artist Henri Matisse of the Artist Greta Moll is at the centre of a dispute, at London’s National Gallery. The institution has been threatened with legal action relating to the painting, which was purchased over 36 years ago. The family claims that it was stolen from its original owner, shortly after the second world […]

6 August 2015


US Art Lawyer Charles Goldstein, Nazi-Looted Art Restitution Expert, Dies At 78

Charles Goldstein – a New York real estate lawyer describes as a ‘tenacious advocate’ for recovering art looted from Holocaust victims.

4 November 2014


German Government To Create Department To Hunt For Stolen Nazi Art

The German Government has approved funds for a center to search for and return art looted by the Nazis. The culture minister Monika Grütters has laid out the government’s intentions, stating that ‘Germany has a responsibility to find works stolen from across Europe during the 1930s and 1940s’. Grütters pointed out that the public outcry […]

28 October 2014


Seven Nazi Looted Artworks Found In German Badische Landesmuseum

The Badische Landesmuseum in Karlsruhe, Germany has recently announced that it has identified seven works of art within its collection, that were originally looted by the Nazi’s during World War II. The six paintings and one sculpture had been hidden from public view in one of the museum’s warehouses for the last 70 years. Katharina […]

28 October 2014


Sotheby’s And Christie’s In Egon Schiele Restitution Roulette

On November 5th, Christie’s is auctioning a 1910 Schiele watercolor ‘Town on the Blue River’. The auction house is doing this in conjunction with a restitution agreement that views the work as looted art, and will provide compensation to Grünbaum’s heirs. Sotheby’s, is offering a 1917 goauche and crayon on paper, ‘Seated Woman With Bent […]

12 September 2014


Nazi-Looted Klimt May Be Sold By Loew Family To Resolve Dispute

The Gustav Klimt painting of Gertrud Loew is at the centre of an ongoing ownership dispute that may be resolved in the artwork’s sale, reports Reuters. There have been several high-profile restitution disputes in recent years. The Nazi party’s systematic looting of art has become not only more contentious than ever, but also bigger business. […]

27 March 2014


Confiscated Gurlitt Collection Of Nazi Era Art Revealed To BBC

The confiscated collection of Nazi era art belonging Cornelius Gurlitt has gone on display to selected media in Germany.

22 April 2011


Stolen Klimt Worth 26m Returned After 70 Years

A stolen Gustav Klimt painting worth £26m that was confiscated by the Nazis must be returned to the heirs of a Canadian Jewish family. It has been in the collection of a well known Austrian museum (the Museum of Modern Arts in Saltburg) for decades but under restitution laws is set to return to the […]