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Kirchner painting to remain in Wilhelm-Hack-Museum

Date 2017.01.12

Ernst Lud­wig Kirch­n­er’s paint­ing “Das Urteil des Paris” (The Judg­ment of Paris) will stay on dis­play in its cur­rent lo­ca­tion in the Wil­helm-Hack-Mu­se­um in Lud­wigshafen. The Stiftung Rhein­land-Pfalz für Kul­tur do­nat­ed €200,000 to­wards the pur­chase of the paint­ing, there­by pro­vid­ing the re­main­ing sum re­quired to se­cure the art­work.

The paint­ing has been iden­ti­fied as Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty. It was orig­i­nal­ly part of a col­lec­tion of Ex­pres­sion­ist works owned by Jew­ish man­u­fac­tur­er Al­fred Hess, who died in 1931. Af­ter tak­ing a some­what round­about route, it even­tu­al­ly end­ed up in the Lud­wigshafen mu­se­um. The sur­viv­ing heir of Hess reached an agree­ment with the mu­se­um for the paint­ing to re­main in its present lo­ca­tion if the mu­se­um pur­chased it at an undis­closed be­low-mar­ket val­ue price. The city of Lud­wigshafen made ev­ery ef­fort over a long pe­ri­od of time to raise fund­ing to buy the paint­ing. It was able to ob­tain sup­port from the Cul­tur­al Foun­da­tions of the Ger­man fed­er­al states, the Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment Com­mis­sion­er for Cul­ture and the Me­dia and the Stiftung Rhein­land-Pfalz für Kul­tur.

Fol­low­ing this resti­tu­tion case, the Wil­helm-Hack-Mu­se­um has been re­search­ing the ori­gin of pre-1945 works in the col­lec­tions of Wil­helm Hack and the city of Lud­wigshafen since April 2016 in a one-year project fund­ed by the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion.

Project de­scrip­tion (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Urteil des Paris / Badende auf Fehmarn, 1913, Öl auf Leinwand, 113 x 91,5 cm Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Urteil des Paris / Badende auf Fehmarn, 1913, Öl auf Leinwand, 113 x 91,5 cm Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Urteil des Paris / Badende auf Fehmarn, 1913, Öl auf Leinwand, 113 x 91,5 cm Source:  Sammlung Wilhelm-Hack-Museum