Arab Today, arab today jewish heirs demand klimt restitution amid extortion claims
Last Updated : GMT 20:36:47
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Jewish heirs demand Klimt restitution amid extortion claims

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Jewish heirs demand Klimt restitution amid extortion claims

Liverpool - AFP

The family of a former Jewish art collector is demanding the restitution of a Gustav Klimt masterpiece that it claims was acquired by Austria after World War II under extortion. The family\'s lawyer Marc Weber told the Austria Press Agency Wednesday that the heirs of Erich Lederer, the previous owner, had filed a restitution request with the Austrian culture ministry. The ministry confirmed to AFP that it had received the claim. A famed example of Jugendstil art, the 34-metre-long (112-foot) and two-metre-high Beethoven Frieze -- or fresco -- is one of Vienna\'s tourism highlights. Lederer\'s heirs however allege that the Austrian state forced Lederer to sell the artwork in 1973, in return for being allowed to export other works that had been seized by the Nazis but returned to him after the war, according to the New York Times. The frieze, which depicts man\'s path to happiness using allegoric figures, was sold for $750,000 (554,400 euros) at the time, or half its estimated value according to auction house Christie\'s, the newspaper reported. Changes in Austria\'s restitution legislation in 2009 have made it possible however for the heirs to now claim back the masterpiece, Weber argued. \"Under the current legislation, it is possible to return artworks that were sold to the state under procedures linked to the export ban,\" he told the APA. \"Austria can now finally put an end to a continuing injustice after three quarters of a century,\" he added. How long the restitution procedure could take is still unclear. The 1902 Beethoven Frieze -- so called as it was inspired by the German composer\'s Ninth Symphony -- is seen as one of the masterpieces by the celebrated Austrian artist Klimt, perhaps best known for his painting \"The Kiss.\" Thoroughly renovated from 1974 to 1985, the fresco takes up an entire room at the Secession art gallery. Conceived as a temporary work however, much of it has been lost. In 2006, another famed Klimt artwork -- the \"Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer\" -- had been at the centre of an Austrian restitution battle. It was eventually returned to the heirs of the previous owner.

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today jewish heirs demand klimt restitution amid extortion claims Arab Today, arab today jewish heirs demand klimt restitution amid extortion claims

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today jewish heirs demand klimt restitution amid extortion claims Arab Today, arab today jewish heirs demand klimt restitution amid extortion claims

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Youssra depended on colored foam

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam
Arab Today, arab today unveils Joon - the 'millenials' airline

GMT 13:36 2017 Saturday ,23 September

unveils Joon - the 'millenials' airline
Arab Today, arab today Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts

GMT 17:52 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts
Arab Today, arab today US-made bomb used in fatal strike

GMT 10:16 2017 Saturday ,23 September

US-made bomb used in fatal strike
Arab Today, arab today Saudi Arabia to unblock internet calling apps

GMT 11:31 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

Saudi Arabia to unblock internet calling apps
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Ministry seeks to improve education

GMT 14:49 2017 Sunday ,17 September

Ministry seeks to improve education
Arab Today, arab today All eyes on May as she prepares

GMT 10:16 2017 Friday ,22 September

All eyes on May as she prepares
Arab Today, arab today Big Western brands polluting oceans

GMT 20:10 2017 Saturday ,23 September

Big Western brands polluting oceans
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today Carmakers face billions in European

GMT 12:37 2017 Saturday ,23 September

Carmakers face billions in European
Arab Today, arab today Mercedes pumps 1 bln euros    

GMT 06:04 2017 Friday ,22 September

Mercedes pumps 1 bln euros    
Arab Today, arab today Lebleba is preoccupied in filming 'Back Street'

GMT 08:56 2017 Thursday ,21 September

Lebleba is preoccupied in filming 'Back Street'
Arab Today, arab today Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands brace

GMT 12:01 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands brace

GMT 08:59 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

Youssra prepares for launching her program

GMT 18:09 2017 Thursday ,21 September

China lifts 10-year travel ban

GMT 16:53 2017 Saturday ,02 September

Mai importance of gifts during Eid Al-Adha

GMT 06:21 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

France hopeful of persuading Trump

GMT 10:46 2017 Saturday ,05 August

Nanis reveals simple ideas for home renovation

GMT 08:39 2017 Friday ,22 September

New Hurdles as Republicans Rush

GMT 06:49 2017 Friday ,22 September

O'Leary: Could ground more planes

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 12:46 2017 Thursday ,21 September

Google likely to buy stake in Taiwan smartphone maker HTC

GMT 11:37 2017 Saturday ,12 August

Fashion designer reveals her new collection
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday