Category: nazi art looting

Paintings will remain subject to the court’s jurisdiction

The attorneys of Richard Nagy and the attorneys of the heirs of Fritz Grünbaum agreed in a joint petition to the SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, that two artworks by Egon Schiele WOMAN IN A BLACK PINAFORE and WOMAN HIDING HER FACE from Fritz Grünbaum´s Collection continue to remain in New York pending further order of the Court.

The prescribed deadline for submitting comments on the plaintiff’s claim be extended from December 1,2015 to and including January 15,2016


Die Anwälte von Richard Nagy und die Anwälte der Erben von Fritz Grünbaum vereinbarten in einer gemeinsamen Eingabe an den SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK , dass beiden Kunstwerke von Egon Schiele WOMAN IN A BLACK PINAFORE und WOMAN HIDING HER FACE aus der Sammlung Fritz Grünbaum weiterhin in New York verbleiben bis zu einer diesbezüglichen  Verfügung des Gerichts.

Die vorgeschriebene Frist zur Stellungnahme auf das Klagebegehren wurde vom 1. Dezember 2015 einvernehmlich auf den 15. Jänner 2016 verlegt.


Austria’s Holocaust Denial: Judge Korman and DA Morgenthau Were Right: Dead City III and 80 Other Artworks By Egon Schiele Were Stolen From Fritz Grunbaum

Egon Schiele’s Dead City III – Stolen from Fritz Grunbaum

In 1998, District Attorney Robert Morgenthau seized Egon Schiele’s Dead City III from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.   Here’s what Judge Edward Korman said about Fritz Grunbaum and the evidence that the Nazis looted his art collection in a concurring opinion he wrote while sitting by designation on the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Bakalar v. Vavra, 619 F.3d 136 (September 2, 2010)(the bolding is mine):
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Gruenbaum-Schieles saved and blocked in New York

The heirs of Fritz Grunbaum persuaded a Manhattan judge Tuesday to block the sale and transport of two works by Egon Schiele that belong to Mr. Grunbaum’s collection.  The works were featured by Richard Nagy of Richard Nagy, Ltd. at the Salon + Design fair held at the Park Avenue Armory, New York.

Tuesday, Justice Ramos of the New York Supreme Court entered a temporary restraining order (“TRO”) providing that Woman in a Black Pinafore and Woman Hiding Her Face, shall not be transferred or otherwise removed from  New York by any person or entity.

A hearing is scheduled for December, 1st in Manhattan.


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Mythen der Sammlung Leopold, ein Leserbrief

Die Bestände des Leopold Museums wurden vom Kunstsammler Rudolf Leopold und seiner Ehefrau Elisabeth Leopold gesammelt und sind seit 1994 Eigentum der Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung.

Als Reaktion auf den Artikel 20150610-Kurier, Fritz Grünbaum, der König des Kabaretts vom 10.Juni 2015 erschien am 15. Juni 2015 ein Leserbrief von Elisabeth Leopold

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Art and Judaica Looted by Nazis from Jews Still Largely Unidentified; Review of 50 Countries Shows Little Progress Despite International Pacts

Claims Conference/WJRO Calls for International Association of Provenance Researchers

Claims Conference President Julius Berman announced that a new report shows that 15 years after the first international agreement regarding restitution of Nazi-era looted art, most countries have made little progress toward returning stolen cultural items to their rightful owners. A survey of 50 countries by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) and the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) shows that two-thirds of the nations that have endorsed agreements regarding research, publicity and claims for Nazi-era looted art have done little or nothing to implement those pacts. Read more