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Berlinische Galerie restitutes five-part painting series

Date 2017.07.19

The Berlin­is­che Ga­lerie has to­day re­turned a five-part se­ries of paint­ings by Fidus (Hugo Höp­pen­er) to the right­ful heirs of the orig­i­nal own­er, Richard Neuhäus­er. The work “Tem­peltanz der Seele” (Tem­ple Dance of the Soul) has been iden­ti­fied as Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty. The gallery has been able to ac­quire the paint­ing se­ries from the heirs, mean­ing that it will con­tin­ue to be avail­able to the pub­lic.

Busi­ness­man Richard Neuhäus­er (1882–1935) com­mis­sioned the Tem­peltanz in 1910. Af­ter 1933, the fam­i­ly suf­fered per­se­cu­tion un­der the Nazis be­cause of their Jew­ish ori­gins. Neuhäus­er took his own life short­ly af­ter the Nurem­berg Laws were in­tro­duced in Septem­ber 1935. The paint­ing se­ries passed to his daugh­ter, Gabriele Neuhäus­er, who fled to Aus­tralia in 1937 and had to leave it be­hind. The Berlin­is­che Ga­lerie bought the art­work in 1974. It was one of the first ac­qui­si­tions for the mu­se­um, which was still be­ing es­tab­lished at that time.

The Berlin­is­che Ga­lerie has been car­ry­ing out prove­nance re­search since 2006 and is re­search­ing the art mar­ket of the mod­ern era in its artists archives with the aim of trac­ing works that were seized through Nazi per­se­cu­tion. The Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion has al­ready pro­vid­ed fund­ing to the Berlin­is­che Ga­lerie for a long-term and a short-term project.

Press re­lease by the Berlin­is­che Ga­lerie (on­ly Ger­man ver­sion)

Found-ob­ject re­port in the Lost Art Database