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Käthe Kollwitz and Julyus Freund

funding area Nazi confiscated art Grant recipient Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum Berlin State Berlin Website Contact person
  • Frau Dr. Iris Berndt
Project type Short-term project to investigate matter of current interest Funding duration
  1. October 2015 to February 2016


In the professional art field, the name Julyus Freund has long been associated with the quality of an exquisite collection of works by German artists of the 19th century. For many years, he participated in building the collections and exhibitions of Berlin’s art museums. As a Jewish resident of Berlin, Julyus Freund was threatened and later persecuted by the Nazis. In 1933, he was able to protect part of his collection from being confiscated by offering it to the Kunstmuseum Winterthur as a permanent loan. Following his death in exile in England, his collection was put up for auction in Lucerne in 1942. The Freund Collection has been the focus of renewed attention ever since the so-called Limbach Commission recommended the restitution of four works of the collection in 2005 which were found in the possession of the German federal government. Several pieces of the Freund Collection are still in the possession of the Käthe Kollwitz Museum in Berlin. On behalf of the museum and thanks to funding granted by the German Lost Art Foundation, researchers hope to shed light on the exact provenance of two drawings of Mrs Nathalie Neumann. The results will be published shortly afterwards and will be later incorporated into an exhibition highlighting the special relationship between Julyus Freund and Käthe Kollwitz.

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