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Four Decades Later East German Art Heist Mystery Nears Resolution

Forty years ago, thieves swiped five valuable paintings from an East German museum. Now, they have finally been returned, thanks largely to the mayor of the town from which they were taken. But the mystery hasn't yet been solved. Von Konstantin von Hammerstein
12. Dezember 2019, 12:36 Uhr

A Hidden Legacy Time for a New Look at Nazi Art

Thousands of artworks from the Nazi period lie hidden away in storage depots, far from the public eye. The U.S. also holds a number of paintings, drawings and sculptures from the Third Reich under lock and key. It is time that they be more closely examined. Von Ulrike Knöfel
14. August 2019, 11:08 Uhr

One Helluva Fella The Horrifically Contemporary World of Hieronymus Bosch

Impaled heads and burning bodies: Hieronymus Bosch, the great Dutch painter whose images depicted the horrors and terror of the past, present and future, died 500 years ago. In the era of Abu Ghraib and Islamic State, his work feels as contemporary as ever. Von Ulrike Knöfel
11. August 2016, 16:30 Uhr

Lucrative Loot The Murky World of the Ancient Artifact Market

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. Von Konstantin von Hammerstein
14. April 2016, 13:16 Uhr

Balky Bavarians US Congress Demands Action on Nazi Looted Art

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. Von Ulrike Knöfel
26. November 2015, 17:35 Uhr

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

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. Von Konstantin von Hammerstein
22. Oktober 2015, 14:28 Uhr

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

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. Von Bernhard Zand
13. August 2015, 12:36 Uhr

Art World Hunt The Quest for Hitler's Lost Treasures

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. Von Konstantin von Hammerstein
26. Mai 2015, 17:06 Uhr

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

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? Von Christoph Scheuermann
24. März 2015, 12:51 Uhr

Head-On Collision Photography Legends Test Drive Google Glass

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. Von Matthias Krug und Hilmar Schmundt
20. Januar 2015, 17:20 Uhr

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

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. Von Rainer Erices, Nicola Kuhrt und Peter Wensierski
24. Juli 2014, 17:39 Uhr

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

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. Von Mareike Nieberding
8. Juli 2014, 18:06 Uhr

Stuck in Germany? Dispute Brews over Gurlitt Collection

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. Von SPIEGEL Staff
12. Mai 2014, 18:12 Uhr

Gurlitt Fallout New Yorker Fights to Regain Family Heirloom

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. Von Ulrike Knöfel
11. März 2014, 18:31 Uhr

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

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.
23. Dezember 2013, 17:15 Uhr

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

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? Von Yvonne Schymura
5. Dezember 2013, 17:48 Uhr