Restitution of Nazi Looted Art
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CASE AND CONTROVERSY

In the fall of 2006, a unique international controversy exploded around „Street Scene,“ Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s Expressionist masterpiece. Had the decision to return the painting to the daughter of its former Jewish owner been moral and correct? Or was it a capitulation to profit-seeking American lawyers and their Jewish clients - a coup that would bring fresh product into an art market worth millions?

Based on scrupulous research, we tell the thrilling Story behind the Street Scene, a history that spans almost a hundred years. We describe the life of Alfred Hess and his family, the great collector, patron and promoter of German Expressionist art, and follow the journey of Street Scene, from its creation in Berlin in 1913 to its arrival in New York today.