(JTA) — Swiss Jewish artists at the Kunsthaus Zurich showcase works purchased from Jewish refugees at prices below market prices in dire situations during the years leading up to the Holocaust and during the Holocaust. Concerned that she was, I asked her to return her painting.
Miriam Cahn, 72, publicly announced her wishes this week, the Swiss Jewish newspaper of Tuckles reported.
“I no longer want to be represented by the Kunsthaus Zurich, and I want to withdraw all my work from it. I will buy it back at the original price at the time of purchase,” she wrote in a letter obtained by Tachles. I am.
Award-winning feminist artist Khan wrote in response to a long-standing controversy over the Emile Bühr collection, a central element of the new expansion of the museum, which opened earlier this year.
Emile Bühl Bühl was a tycoon who accumulated considerable wealth-selling weapons in Nazi Germany and used his wealth to purchase the artwork that currently makes up his eponymous collection. .. The museum alleges that the collection contains art purchased from a Jewish seller whose source was not properly investigated or felt had to be resolved at a fraction of the market price. Faces criticism that it has acquired the collection.
Alexander Jaurès, chairman of the Bührle Foundation, who manages the collection, appeared to be defending the collection at a press conference on December 15. At that time, some of the works purchased from Jewish dealers changed hands in an ethically acceptable situation.
“All legal transactions made by Jewish immigrants in Switzerland, the United States and other unoccupied areas are not suspicious and can be regarded as being forced primarily due to persecution,” he said. rice field.
The Bührle Foundation states that none of the 200 works of art in the collection have been looted or unethically obtained by the Jews, but an external review has been established to prove this. It also states that it will promote.
Separately, the Museum of Fine Arts Bern announced last week that it would return two works by Otto Dix to the Jewish family, the heirs of Ismar Littmann in Wroclaw.
The painting was from Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of an art dealer who targeted Jewish artists before and during World War II. Cornelius Gurlitt died in 2014, leaving his father’s collection at the Museum of Fine Arts Bern. We have accepted the collection and stipulated that all works suspected of being looted will be returned.
According to Deutche Welle, of the approximately 600,000 works stolen by the Nazis, more than 100,000 have never been returned. Some of them hang in museums and private collections throughout Europe and beyond, while others are the subject of court battles.
So far, only five countries have set up national committees to determine the source of suspicious works of art: Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands. Such a committee was an important requirement of the Washington Principles on Nazi confiscated art, a groundbreaking document agreed by 44 countries in 1998.