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As New York museums acknowledge Nazi-looted artwork, possible disagreement is raised

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Following last month’s legislation museums in new york One report raised the possibility of disagreement over certain works in order to acknowledge art stolen by the Nazis.

In August, New York Governor Kathy Hochol has signed into law a law requiring museums to post signs identifying works looted by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945, The Associated Press reported.

An estimated 600,000 paintings were stolen from Jews during World War II, according to a press release from the New York Department of Financial Services.

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About 53 in New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art According to the museum’s website, it has been confirmed by the museum that these were seized or sold under duress by the Nazis.

Despite the fact that these objects were returned to their rightful owners before the museum acquired them, the Metropolitan Museum of Art still signs explain their history AP reported.

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Andrea Beyer, deputy director for collections and management at the Metropolitan Police, told The Associated Press. “People should realize The terrible price people suffered when these confiscations took place during World War II and how the treasures they loved and had in their families were torn apart while their lives were in turmoil. of

A 1695 oil painting on canvas by Dutch artist Jan Wienix, The Gamepiece of a Dead Heron was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1950 and is on display at the museum. This painting is one of his 53 works in the museum’s collection that were returned to their designated owners after being looted during the Nazi era before the museum took over.
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The Met told the Associated Press that it has no plans to sign “The Actor.” picasso painting The museum received it as a gift in 1952.

According to the Associated Press, the painting belonged to Jewish businessman Paul Refman, who sold it to a Parisian art dealer for $13,200 in 1938.

In 2016, Laurel Zuckerman, Refman’s great-grandson, charged the museum $100 million for selling the painting under duress, according to Reuters.


The court later dismissed the lawsuit, but Lawrence Kay, one of Zuckerman’s attorneys, told The Associated Press that the Metropolitan Museum of Art should publicly acknowledge the painting’s controversial past. Told.

“I believe the law covers this piece,” Kay told The Associated Press. I believe it should be covered under the broader definition of

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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