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The Klassik Stiftung Weimar presents mobile display case with provenance results from the Berolzheimer Collection

Date 2016.05.04

To­day the Klas­sik Stiftung Weimar in­stalled a mo­bile dis­play case at the Weimar City Cas­tle, high­light­ing the his­to­ry of the Jew­ish en­trepreneur Michael Berolzheimer. The case presents ex­em­plary items which prove­nance re­searchers have iden­ti­fied as cul­tur­al as­sets seized il­le­gal­ly by the Nazis and which shed light on and doc­u­ment the fate of the per­se­cut­ed for­mer own­er.

In or­der to se­cure pas­sage to the Unit­ed States in 1938, Berolzheimer was forced to leave be­hind most of his art col­lec­tion in Ger­many. The Weimar State Art Col­lec­tions ac­quired four draw­ings from this col­lec­tion in March 1939. In 2013 the Klas­sik Stiftung Weimar for­mal­ly re­turned the draw­ings to Michael Berolzheimer’s heirs and sub­se­quent­ly re­pur­chased them.

The Klas­sik Stiftung Weimar has been sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly in­ves­ti­gat­ing its hold­ings to iden­ti­fy cul­tur­al as­sets seized as a re­sult of Nazi per­se­cu­tion since May 2010. The Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion has award­ed the Klas­sik Stiftung Weimar a grant to fi­nance these prove­nance re­search mea­sures.

More in­for­ma­tion about the ex­hi­bi­tion (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)

More in­for­ma­tion about Michael Berolzheimer from the Klas­sik Stiftung Weimar blog (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)