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