• November 21, 2021 10:41 pm
  • Russia

Kunsthaus Zurich: Looted art claims pose questions for Swiss museum

When Switzerland’s largest art museum, the Kunsthaus in Zurich, last month opened the golden doors of a vast new extension designed by star architect David Chipperfield, it declared it was the most important home of French and impressionist paintings outside Paris.

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However, central to that leap into the top tier of art museums is a notorious private collection, linked to looted art.

Almost one floor of the $220m (£160m) cube-like extension is dedicated to the Bührle Foundation’s impressive paintings and sculptures by the likes of Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso.

The collection was put together by Emil Bührle, a controversial figure in his own right, who in the 1940s became Switzerland’s richest man by manufacturing and selling weapons to the Nazis.

Up to his death in 1956, Bührle amassed a collection of about 600 artworks. Roughly a third of those works are managed by the Bührle Foundation and are now on display at the Kunsthaus as part of a 20-year loan.

The rest are said to hang in the homes of his surviving relatives.


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