Kunsthalle in Kiel returns looted property
The Kunsthalle museum in Kiel has returned cultural property displaced as a result of war (“looted property”) to the State Literary and Historical Architectural Museum Reserve in Taganrog, southern Russia.
It consists of the painting “Woodland Pond” created in 1881 by Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov (1844–1927).
In August 1943, towards the end of the occupation of Taganrog, German armed forces took the painting and other objects from the local museum’s collections to an unknown location. In 1959, the painting came into the collection of Schweinfurt industrialist Georg Schäfer (1896–1975) via the Munich art dealers Hagmann and Gräf. The director of the Kunsthalle in Kiel, Jens Christian Jensen (1928–2013), acquired the artwork from the Schäfer collection in 1986.
The Kunsthalle identified the painting as looted property in a project funded by the German Lost Art Foundation, in which the Kunsthalle is investigating its holdings for cultural assets seized through Nazi persecution (Nazi-confiscated property).
Project description (only German version)