Artist Miriam Cahn announced in a letter to the Kunsthaus Zurich. This was later published in a Jewish newspaper. TucklesFollowing the museum’s decision to exhibit the Bührle collection, she planned to draw her work from the museum. The Bührle collection was collected by Emile Bührbühl, who made a fortune by selling weapons to Nazi Germany and benefited from the slave labor provided by the Nazis.
“I no longer want to be represented in Zurich’s” this “museum,” writes an addicted Jewish artist. “I would like to remove all my work from the Kunsthaus Zurich. I will buy it back at the original sale price.”
Many of the works Bührle acquired while the Germans occupied Paris were returned to their legitimate owners after the judge ordered them to be plundered, but the collection was still contaminated by many. increase. Nevertheless, in 2012 the Kunsthaus Zurich planned to acquire the Bührle collection, which contains many valuable works of Impressionist art, through a loan agreement with the Bührle Foundation. After the four works in the collections of Cezanne, Degas, Van Gogh and Monet in Zurich’s villa were stolen, the Foundation initially began looking for an institution to host the works. New York Times..
At the time of the first loan agreement, the museum was not facing resistance. A series of protests ignited until 2016, when the museum began building a new building for the collection. Khan’s recent announcement followed the completion of the expansion project and the seemingly decisive decision to display the collection despite numerous protests. The Kunsthaus Zurich did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Khan’s paintings, a feminist figurative artist, are featured in collections around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate in London, and the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. This is not the first time Khan has withdrawn his work in protest. In 1982, Khan pulled a painting from Documenta 7 because he felt abused by Documenta’s artistic director, Rudi Fuchs.