Most people remember the Stasi from films or books as the nasty security service of East Germany, or the DDR. But the Stasi not only spied. It also carried out ‘projects’ like Aktion Licht: looting and confiscating valuables from East German banks.
Belgian media De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad revealed today, the country’s Royal Library (KBR) owns a work of art which was looted by Nazis. It is a watercolour, once part of a Jewish art collection.
It does not happen often that police enter a museum exhibition to seize works of art. Yet this is exactly what happened in Leuven (or Louvain) in Belgium. A few days ago, its important museum had police enter and seize six statues.
The Guardian reported on a very special “exhibition” at the Palazzo Pitti in Italy, today. A poster of a painting went on display. This poster of a painting is framed by the word “stolen!” in three languages.
People visiting the new Jan Steen exhibition at the Mauritshuis, may notice a neat text, next one of the exhibited paintings. It explains this work was once looted; then restored to its rightful owners who then gracefully lend it to a museum.