Amsterdam’s mayor announces talks with Jewish heirs on Kandinsky claim

Amsterdam’s mayor announces talks with Jewish heirs on Kandinsky claim

The mayor of Amsterdam announced Thursday that she had begun discussions to turn over a painting by Russian abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky to the heirs of a Jewish couple who had owned the work before the Nazi takeover of the Netherlands. The work, “Painting With Houses,” was acquired during an auction in 1940 by David Röell, director of the Stedelijk Museum, which is responsible for the city of Amsterdam’s present-day art collection of about 95,000 works. Though it is unclear who decided to sell the painting, the auction took place just months after the Nazi invasion, and the Stedelijk has acknowledged it is “possible that this had been an involuntary sale.” Heirs asked for the return of the work several years ago, arguing that the sale was motivated by Nazi persecution. But in 2018, the Dutch Restitutions Commission, a national panel that handles claims of Nazi looting, said the painting could remain with the museum. A court later upheld that decision. Mor
The mayor of Amsterdam announced Thursday that she had begun discussions to turn over a painting by Russian abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky to the heirs of a Jewish couple who had owned the work before the Nazi takeover of the Netherlands. The work, “Painting With Houses,” was acquired during an auction in 1940 by David Röell, director of the Stedelijk Museum, which is responsible for the city of Amsterdam’s present-day art collection of about 95,000 works. Though it is unclear who decided to sell the painting, the auction took place just months after the Nazi invasion, and the Stedelijk has acknowledged it is “possible that this had been an involuntary sale.” Heirs asked for the return of the work several years ago, arguing that the sale was motivated by Nazi persecution. But in 2018, the Dutch Restitutions Commission, a national panel that handles claims of Nazi looting, said the painting could remain with the museum. A court later upheld that decision. Mor