WIESBADEN – During the last week of April 2019 and the first week of May 2019, about 1,600 Russian Avant-Garde works of art were returned to their owners. This was in accord with the ruling of the Wiesbaden Landesgericht court in March 2018, the delay caused by administrative details and certain unresolved issues.

The March 2018 ruling stated that the court had found no “ring of forgers”, as claimed by the German police, the BKA, in their Press Release of 13 June 2013 following the seizure of the some 1,600 works and their related documents. The prosecution had failed to prove their case, and the tiger had turned into a mouse.

The painters whose work was returned include the best of the Russian Avant-Garde – Kazimir Malevich, Vasily Kandinsky, Olga Rozanova, Ivan Kliun, Marc Chagall, Alexandra Exter, El Lissitzky, Aleksandr Rodchenko, and many lesser known artists. Together these works provide a wide historical picture of the Russian Avant-Garde which we have from nowhere else.

It is with great joy that these works, and their painters, can now enter, again, the world of art history – of museums, art historians and scientific experts. One can only look forward to exhibitions of works from these collections so that their importance, innovation and beauty can be seen and appreciated by the public.

Admin. 28 May 2019

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