Restitution: Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation reaches fair and just solution with heirs of Eugen Moritz Buchthal
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.
Press release (only German version)