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Lucrative Loot: The Murky World of the Ancient Artifact Market

Lucrative Loot: The Murky World of the Ancient Artifact Market

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 14, 2016

A new law in Germany seeks to eliminate the trade in ancient artifacts. It was written to target people like Leonardo Patterson, whose long career selling plundered objects from Central America throws a spotlight on the dubious industry. By Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]

Balky Bavarians: US Congress Demands Action on Nazi Looted Art

Balky Bavarians: US Congress Demands Action on Nazi Looted Art

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 26, 2015

Are artworks looted by the Nazis from Jewish collectors still hanging in Bavarian museums? Twenty-nine members of the US Congress think so, and have written a letter to the German state demanding that officials stop dragging their feet on restitution. By Ulrike Knöfel more... Comment ]

Hitler's Bronze Horses: How Fans Smuggled Nazi Art To West Germany

Hitler's Bronze Horses: How Fans Smuggled Nazi Art To West Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 22, 2015

In one of the most curious stories of art smuggling from the Eastern Bloc prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall, two classic car dealers smuggled Nazi artworks from a Soviet barracks to West Germany in 1989. The full account is only now coming to light. By Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]

'Nobody Has Endless Strength': Ai Weiwei's New Life in Europe

'Nobody Has Endless Strength': Ai Weiwei's New Life in Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2015

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was finally given his passport back and immediately left the country to join his family in Germany. But he is unsettled by his newfound freedom and he is searching for a new role. SPIEGEL caught up with him in Munich. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Art World Hunt: The Quest for Hitler's Lost Treasures

Art World Hunt: The Quest for Hitler's Lost Treasures

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 26, 2015

A Dutch detective and Berlin police spent months searching for art commissioned by Hitler that went missing after German reunification. Officials finally recovered the dubious works in raids last week -- here's how they did it. By Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]

Nazi Art: Sculptures from Hitler's Chancellery Discovered

Nazi Art: Sculptures from Hitler's Chancellery Discovered

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 22, 2015

The sculptures had been missing for decades. But on Wednesday, investigators found pieces of Nazi art that had once adorned Hitler's Chancellery in Berlin. more...

City of Losers? Charleroi Spurs Debate after Revocation of Photo Award

City of Losers? Charleroi Spurs Debate after Revocation of Photo Award

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 24, 2015

Italian photographer Giovanni Troilo won the World Press Photo Award in February, but it was revoked in March. The city he portrayed, Charleroi in Belgium, complained that his photos were more fiction than reality. Where should the line be drawn? By Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Head-On Collision: Photography Legends Test Drive Google Glass

Head-On Collision: Photography Legends Test Drive Google Glass

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 20, 2015

Elliot Erwitt and Bruce Gilden are street photography legends who use Leica cameras and black and white film as their weapons of choice. When they meet Google Glass for the first time, it feels like a head-on collision between old masters and new technology. By Matthias Krug and Hilmar Schmundt more... Video | Comment ]

From Berlin to Santa Monica: Isherwood's Legacy Lives on in Don Bachardy

From Berlin to Santa Monica: Isherwood's Legacy Lives on in Don Bachardy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 20, 2014

In 1968, David Hockney completed a portrait of one of the 20th century's most vibrant pairings: author Christopher Isherwood and artist Don Bachardy. The gay couple opened their home, where the painter still lives today, to Hollywood's luminaries. By Philipp Oehmke more... Comment ]

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 ]