“Hobby Lobby’s $3 million smuggling case casts a cloud over the Museum of the Bible”
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The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, a museum of modern and contemporary art, is hosting an extraordinary exhibit of works from its own collection. However, the question is, does the museum really own the works? During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands (from May 1940), the director of the Stedelijk accepted works of art for safe-keeping from Jewish owners. This exhibit, “The Stedelijk Museum on the Second World War,”
includes facsimiles of provenance records from that period with the hope that original owners may be identified. This article by Mary M. Lane from the online Wall Street Journal (2/27/15) includes photographs of the bunker in the dunes of Castricum, a Dutch seaside town, where many artworks were stored during WWII.
This link to the museum’s site has several short videos.
And a link from the above article to satellite images of Syria’s World Heritage sites:
And a link to UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list.
The heirs of Hungarian banker Baron Mor Lipot Herzog are suing Hungary for the return of art taken by the Nazis. Baron Herzog was one of the most important collectors of art in Europe in the early 20th century. Read more in the NYT article, July 28, 2010.
Volume XIII describing the collections for Hitler’s planned, but never built Führermuseum in Linz, Austria was recently returned to the German Historical Museum in Berlin. See this NY Times article.
Once a prized object in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), the Euphronios Vase has returned to Italy. Read more in the NY Times (July 8, 2009).