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