East Germany's Blood Art: No Justice for Victims of Regime's Treasure Hunt

East Germany's Blood Art: No Justice for Victims of Regime's Treasure Hunt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 24, 2014

East German officials systematically stole from the country's art collectors and sold their possessions to raise hard currency. Families have sought for years to reclaim the treasures or to obtain compensation. In a rare success, one family in America recently retrieved some of its heirlooms. By Rainer Erices, Nicola Kuhrt and Peter Wensierski more... Comment ]

Bad Fit: Why Germany Doesn't Cut It in International Fashion

Bad Fit: Why Germany Doesn't Cut It in International Fashion

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 08, 2014

Berlin Fashion Week is underway, but A-listers are keeping their distance. The event has failed to put the German capital on the clothing map. A closer look at the career trajectory of designer Kostas Murkudis provides some insight into the reasons why. By Mareike Nieberding more... Comment ]

Stuck in Germany? Dispute Brews over Gurlitt Collection

Stuck in Germany? Dispute Brews over Gurlitt Collection

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 12, 2014

Before his death, Munich art heir Cornelius Gurlitt willed his collection to a major art museum in Switzerland. The move will spare Germans some headaches, but numerous disputes over the paintings' future home is brewing. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Gurlitt Fallout: New Yorker Fights to Regain Family Heirloom

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 11, 2014

During the Nazi era, David Toren's great-uncle was robbed of his art collection. Now one of the paintings has been recovered in Cornelius Gurlitt's Munich apartment, and Toren is fighting to get it back. But the Germans aren't making it easy. By Ulrike Knöfel more... Comment ]

Art Dealer to the Führer: Hildebrand Gurlitt's Deep Nazi Ties

Art Dealer to the Führer: Hildebrand Gurlitt's Deep Nazi Ties

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 23, 2013

Hildebrand Gurlitt, the man who assembled the astounding art collection recently discovered in a Munich apartment, was more deeply involved in the trade of looted artworks than had been previously assumed. He also profited from Nazi injustices after the war. more... Comment ]

Monuments Men: The Soldiers Who Saved Europe's Art from Hitler

Monuments Men: The Soldiers Who Saved Europe's Art from Hitler

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 05, 2013

The story of a special Allied unit dubbed the "Monuments Men" has inspired a Hollywood film set to premier early next year. But who were these men who saved countless European cultural treasures from being lost or destroyed by Nazi forces? By Yvonne Schymura more... Comment ]

Psychiatric Breakthrough: When Illness Inspires Great Art

Psychiatric Breakthrough: When Illness Inspires Great Art

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 28, 2013

From hermaphroditic wood carvings to stacks of 250,000 papers, a collection showcases the greatest artistic works by German psychiatric patients. By Jana Hauschild more... Comment ]

Art Investigation: 'Empathy Alone Doesn't Help Us Any Further'

Art Investigation: 'Empathy Alone Doesn't Help Us Any Further'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2013

Bavarian Justice Minister Winfried Bausback has defended the controversial handling of the trove of possibly looted art in a Munich apartment. He has also called for a new law to lift the statute of limitations in such cases in the future. Interview by Dietmar Hipp and Conny Neumann more... Comment ]

Monsters on the Sofa: A Photographer's Costume Portraits

Monsters on the Sofa: A Photographer's Costume Portraits

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 21, 2013

Cookie Monster at the kitchen table, a dragon playing the piano: Klaus Pichler likes to photograph people wearing costumes in their homes. In an interview, he talks about the unusual subjects of his work. By Gesa Mayr more... Comment ]

Time Machine: Munich Art Collector Lives in the Past

Time Machine: Munich Art Collector Lives in the Past

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 21, 2013

SPIEGEL reporter Özlem Gezer spent four days with reclusive art collector Cornelius Gurlitt, the man at the center of the sensational Munich art discovery. She found a man at odds with the modern world. By Özlem Gezer more... Comment ]

Munich Art Trove: Jewish Groups Criticize Plans to Return Paintings

Munich Art Trove: Jewish Groups Criticize Plans to Return Paintings

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 21, 2013

The elderly man in Munich whose more than 1,000 artworks were seized on suspicion of being stolen by Nazis is likely to get around 300 of the pictures back. Jewish groups accuse authorities of seeking to hastily end the scandal with the move. more... Comment ]