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Fair and just solution: Kirchner painting to remain at the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum

Date 2016.03.23

Ernst Lud­wig Kirch­n­er’s paint­ing “Das Urteil des Paris” (The Judge­ment of Paris) will re­main at its present lo­ca­tion, the Wil­helm-Hack-Mu­se­um in Lud­wigshafen, for the time be­ing. The de­ci­sion comes with an agree­ment be­tween the mu­se­um man­age­ment and the heiress of the Jew­ish shoe man­u­fac­tur­er Al­fred Hess, who died in 1931 and had orig­i­nal­ly owned the Ex­pres­sion­is­tic work.

The paint­ing came in­to the pos­ses­sion of the Lud­wigshafen mu­se­um in a round­about way. Af­ter sev­er­al years of ne­go­ti­a­tions, the par­ties have agreed to ei­ther re­turn the piece or pur­chase it from the heiress at a be­low-mar­ket price. The city is cur­rent­ly work­ing to se­cure the nec­es­sary fi­nanc­ing. 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 of the city of Lud­wigshafen since April 2016 in or­der to de­ter­mine the ori­gin of its works ac­quired pri­or to 1945.

View the press re­port by the Tagesspiegel (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)