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Documentation of the Restitution of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s Berlin Street Scene

Rarely has an event in the national and international cultural and art scene provoked so much and such long-lasting public dispute as the restitution of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s Berlin Street Scene, a major work by the stylistically pioneering painter of Die Brücke from the legendary collection of the Jewish shoe manufacturer Alfred Hess that was highly esteemed in the Weimar Republic and also a centerpiece of the holdings of the Brücke Museum in Berlin. This book attempts to put the fateful path of the unique work of art in a contemporary context before the backdrop of the decline in the business and fortune of the family of the collector, and to trace it in a documentary way.

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June 2018

ISBN 978-3-7356-0488-0

24,50 × 28,50 cm

264 pages

98 colored and 42 b/w illustrations


Languages: German

Ludwig von Pufendorf für den Fördererkreis Brücke-Museum

Text by
Katrin und Hans Georg Hiller von Gaertringen, Friedrich Kiechle, Magdalena M. Moeller, Ludwig von Pufendorf, Peter Raue, Leopold Reidemeister, Michael Scharbert, Volker Wahl

Design by
Peter Nils Dorén Grafikdesign