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