Kunsthalle Karlsruhe purchases restituted painting from the Mosse collection
The Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe succeeded in purchasing Karl Blechen’s "Blick auf das Kloster Sta. Scolastica bei Subiaco" (1832). The painting was identified as so-called ‘Nazi confiscated property’. It had belonged to the Jewish newspaper publisher and art collector Rudolf Mosse (1843-1920) and was confiscated from his daughter in 1934 and auctioned off. The Kunsthalle bought it in 1969 from the Galerie Neumeister and, following a thorough investigation 2014, determined that a restitution claim was justified. The museum informed the heirs of the Mosse family and their attorneys, returned the painting and offered to repurchase it. The work remained on display as a loan, until the Kunsthalle was granted permission to purchase the painting legally.
The Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe staged a special presentation in 2015 on the history of the painting, its complex provenance and the significant role of the Mosse family during the Weimar Republic. The aim of the exhibition project was to highlight the particular situation of a restituted artwork from the museum’s own collection with all of its background information. The German Lost Art Foundation funded the special exhibition as a short-term project of current interest..