A follow-up on my earlier post on the claim the heirs of art dealer Alfred Flechtheim to return Oskar Kokoschka’s portrait of Tilla Durieux and the recommendation of the Limbach Commission to return the painting: On April 30, 2013, the Cologne City Council has voted to follow the recommendation. At the same time, the City of Cologne will discuss with the heirs whether there are options to keep “Tilla Durieux” in Cologne, including a possible acquisition.
Last week we reported that Bavaria is being taken to court in the US over a restitution claim of the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy family, after it refused to bring the matter to the Limbach Commission. The City of Cologne (Köln), to the contrary, had agreed to bring the claim to return Oskar Kokoschka’s portrait of Tilla Durieux to the heirs of art dealer Alfred Flechtheim before the Commission. It is now faced with a recommendation of the Limbach Commission (its full name being Beratende Kommission im Zusammenhang mit der Rückgabe NS-verfolgungsbedingt entzogener Kulturguts, insbesondere aus jüdischem Besitz).On April 30, 2013, the Cologne City Council will have to decide whether to return the painting or not. Continue reading