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Restitution: Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation reaches fair and just solution with heirs of Eugen Moritz Buchthal

Date 2017.08.16

The Prus­sian Cul­tur­al Her­itage Foun­da­tion (SPK) has re­turned nine works from the Kupfer­stichk­abi­nett (Mu­se­um of Prints and Draw­ings) of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin to the heirs of the Jew­ish cloth­ing man­u­fac­tur­er and art col­lec­tor Eu­gen Moritz Buchthal.

The works had been iden­ti­fied as Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty.

One of them - an etch­ing by Ernst Lud­wig Kirch­n­er - has been bought back for the Kupfer­stichk­abi­nett. It is a test print, signed by Kirch­n­er, of the etch­ing “Fehmarn­häus­er mit großem Baum” (Hous­es on Fehmarn with a Large Tree) cre­at­ed in 1908.

Eu­gen Moritz Buchthal suf­fered per­se­cu­tion un­der the Nazis. Be­fore he em­i­grat­ed to Lon­don, cir­cum­stances forced him to sell his graph­ic works to Ga­lerie Nieren­dorf in Berlin in Jan­uary 1936. Some of them were ac­quired in the same month by the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
Her­mann Parzinger, pres­i­dent of the SPK, thanked the heirs of Eu­gen Buchthal for al­low­ing the SPK to buy back the Kirch­n­er etch­ing, thus reach­ing a fair and just so­lu­tion in line with the Wash­ing­ton Prin­ci­ples.

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