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May 25th, 2015

Why Aren’t American Museums Doing More to Return Nazi-looted Art?

Helen Mirren’s latest film, ‘Woman in Gold’, tells a true story of an arts battle. Mirren stars as Maria Altmann, a naturalized US citizen who sues the Austrian government to recover Gustav Klimt’s portrait of her aunt, Adele Bloch-Bauer, looted from her family’s home by the Nazis.

Time Magazine reports:  “While ‘Woman in Gold’ is a feel-good, triumphant tale for American audiences, it’s important to note that American art museums still have much work to do to ensure justice for Holocaust victims. The story of this one painting doesn’t mitigate the fact that at least 100,000 works of art confiscated by the Nazis have NOT been returned to rightful owners. The collections of  prominent museums across the U.S. – including MoMA in New York and the Norton Simon Museum in southern California – contain works of art with provenance gaps from the Nazi era, signaling a need for ongoing research into rightful ownership.” In comparison, the German and Austrian governments have undertaken far more affirmative action to ensure the return of these works to their rightful owners and heirs.

via Time Magazine and History News Network http://ti.me/1SyY7FG

 

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