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Hitler vs Picasso and the Others

07/March/2018






"Hitler vs Picasso and the Others" is an Italian documentary produced by Nexo Digital that for the first time shows the Gurlitt Dossier, rare archival material and the secret treasures of the Führer and Goering. It is a journey through Paris, New York, the Netherlands, and Germany, through four large exhibitions presented in recent months centered on the art stolen by the Nazi regime that includes firsthand accounts by gallery owners, heirs, and art historians.


From March 2 through July 23, 2017, the exhibition titled "21 Rue La Boétie" at the Musée Maillol, in Paris, explored the magnificent collection of Paul Rosenberg that included works by Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, and Marie Laurencin, among others.


Anne Sinclair, granddaughter of Paul Rosenberg, tells the story of her grandfather, one of the world's greatest collectors of early 20th century art. A French Jew, Rosenberg was good friends with Picasso, Braque, and Matisse. In 1910, he opened a gallery located at "21 rue La Boétie," where he collected what the Nazis would call "degenerate art." In 1942, Rosenberg was deported from France and his great collection was stolen by the Nazis.


The exhibition titled "Looted Art — Before, During and After WWII" was inaugurated on May 12, 2017, at the Bergkerk medieval cathedral located in Deventer, the Netherlands. Consisting of works by Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Sandro Botticelli, among others, the show explored the collection of Simon Goodman's family, who were killed in concentration camps but left behind evidence of their magnificent art collection; a collection that was almost entirely looted by Hitler and Goering.


One of the most important discoveries as far as art looted by the Nazis is concerned was that of the private collection of Hildebrand Gurlitt, Hitler's art dealer. In 2010, this collection was seized by customs from a train in which Cornelius Gurlitt, the grandson of Hildebrand Gurlitt, was traveling with the magnificent art collection. In November of 2017, two exhibitions centered on Gurlitt's looted collection were presented at the Bundeskunsthalle (Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany) in Bonn, Germany, and at the Kunstmuseum in Bern, Switzerland. The collection includes works by Chagall, Monet, Picasso and Matisse. 


The documentary also includes interviews with 12 journalists, art collection heirs, gallerists, art historians, and authors of various books, among others.  In addition, the film is narrated by renowned Italian actor and theater director Toni Servillo.


 





 


 

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