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Kunsthalle Bremen returns drawing from the collection of Arthur Feldmann, and subsequently repurchases it

Date 2016.06.16

The Kun­sthalle Bre­men has re­pur­chased the draw­ing "Fel­sige Wald­land­schaft mit weit­em Aus­blick" (Rocky for­est land­scape with dis­tant view), a resti­tu­tion it had made in spring 2016. The draw­ing by Isaak Ma­jor had orig­i­nal­ly be­longed to the col­lec­tion of Arthur Feld­mann. In 1939, the Nazis oc­cu­pied his house in Brünn and con­fis­cat­ed his art­works. Ques­tions still re­main as to what be­came of the works from the Feld­mann col­lec­tion af­ter 1939. The Bre­men sheet was ac­quired by the Kun­sthalle in 1997, where­by the ac­qui­si­tion doc­u­ments pro­vid­ed no de­tails re­gard­ing its prove­nance from the Feld­mann col­lec­tion. Au­thur Feld­mann’s grand­son, Uri Arthur Peled-Feld­mann, was able to defini­tive­ly sub­stan­ti­ate its prove­nance which moved the mu­se­um to resti­tute the il­lus­tra­tion at the be­gin­ning of the year. Be­cause works by Isaak Ma­jor are rare, the Kun­sthalle de­cid­ed to re­pur­chase the piece and add it to its Kupfer­stichk­abi­nett (Col­lec­tion of Prints and Draw­ings).

The Kun­sthalle Bre­men has been ac­tive­ly study­ing its col­lec­tions in search for Nazi con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty; the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion is fund­ing a project there un­til April 2017 to clar­i­fy whether its col­lec­tions of cul­tur­al as­sets in­clude any works il­le­gal­ly seized from their right­ful own­ers through Nazi per­se­cu­tion.

Press re­lease by the Kun­sthalle Bre­men (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)

De­scrip­tions of the projects at the Kun­sthalle Bre­men (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)

Isaak Major, Rocky forest landscape with distant view, around 1610/15, 11,1 x 16,4 cm Isaak Major, Rocky forest landscape with distant view, around 1610/15, 11,1 x 16,4 cm Isaak Major, Rocky forest landscape with distant view, around 1610/15, 11,1 x 16,4 cm Source:  Kunsthalle Bremen – Der Kunstverein in Bremen/Karen Blindow