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Wilhelm-Hack-Museum holds podium discussion on the ‘Judgement of Paris’ by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Date 2016.06.13

The Wil­helm-Hack-Mu­se­um in Lud­wigshafen am Rhein held a podi­um dis­cus­sion on 22 June on Ernst Lud­wig Kirch­n­er’s paint­ing "Judge­ment of Paris" from 1913. Ste­fan Kold­e­hoff (cul­tur­al ed­i­tor at Deutsch­land­funk in Cologne) and Fe­lix Krämer (col­lec­tion di­rec­tor of mod­ern art at the the Städel Mu­se­um in Frank­furt am Main) dis­cussed the gen­e­sis of the dou­ble-sid­ed paint­ing ‘Judge­ment of Paris/Bathers in Fehmarn’ by Kirch­n­er. The event was mod­er­at­ed by Rose-Maria Gropp (ed­i­tor of the fea­ture pages and art mar­ket sec­tion of the Frank­furter All­ge­meine Zeitung).

The paint­ing "Judge­ment of Paris" is so-called 'Nazi con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty'. It was orig­i­nal­ly part of a col­lec­tion of Ex­pres­sion­ist works owned by the Jew­ish man­u­fac­tur­er Al­fred Hess, which even­tu­al­ly end­ed up at the mu­se­um in Lud­wigshafen. The mu­se­um reached an agree­ment with Hess’s heiress to ac­quire the piece for an amount far be­low the mar­ket price, en­sur­ing that it could re­main at its present lo­ca­tion.

The city is work­ing on se­cur­ing fi­nanc­ing by way of a do­na­tion cam­paign, among oth­er means. It has al­ready re­ceived pledges from the Cul­tur­al Foun­da­tion of Ger­man States and the Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment Com­mis­sion­er for Cul­ture and the Me­dia. With fund­ing pro­vid­ed by the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion, the Wil­helm-Hack-Mu­se­um has been in­ves­ti­gat­ing the col­lec­tions of Wil­helm Hack and the city of Lud­wigshafen since 2016 in or­der to de­ter­mine the ori­gin of its works ac­quired pri­or to 1945.

More in­for­ma­tion on the podi­um dis­cus­sion (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)

Call for do­na­tions by Wil­helm-Hack-Mu­se­um (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)