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Ludwig von Hofmann’s work “Frühlingssturm” returns to Darmstadt

Date 2016.06.02

The paint­ing "Der Früh­lingssturm" (The Spring Storm) by Lud­wig von Hof­mann is re­turn­ing to the city of Darm­stadt. The de­ci­sion was an­nounced by the heirs of the Jew­ish news­pa­per pub­lish­er Rudolf Mosse.

Mosse was forced to auc­tion off his col­lec­tion in 1934. The work by Lud­wig von Hof­mann had been on dis­play in the Städtis­che Kun­st­samm­lung Darm­stadt for sev­en decades un­til it was fi­nal­ly re­turned to Mosse’s heirs. The Berlin-based auc­tion house Grise­bach planned to the work up for auc­tion on 1 June. Pri­or to the auc­tion, Grise­bach con­clud­ed ne­go­ti­a­tions with a Ger­man art pa­tron to re­pur­chase the paint­ing for Darm­stadt. The pa­tron has agreed to per­ma­nent­ly loan the piece to the Darm­stadt mu­se­um.

The resti­tu­tion of the paint­ing "Der Früh­lingssturm" was the mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tor for the In­sti­tut Mathilden­höhe Darm­stadt, which man­ages the Städtis­che Kun­st­samm­lung, to in­ves­ti­gate its en­tire col­lec­tion of paint­ings with re­spect to cul­tur­al as­sets il­le­gal­ly seized through Nazi per­se­cu­tion. The Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion has agreed to sup­port this project with a fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion.

Press re­lease by the Vil­la Grise­bach (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)