Bath Voice News: Desanka Rowell is giving a talk on June 5 at the Museum of Bath at Work on stolen artworks looted by the Nazis

Looted, stolen, vanished

Local art historian Desanka Rowell is giving the third of her popular annual talks on Jun 5 at the Museum of Bath at Work.

This talk, entitled ‘The Darkest Burden’ will centre on paintings, many deemed ‘degenerate’, that were either stolen or subject to forced sale from Jewish families in Germany in the 1930s. Some were auctioned in 1939 in Switzerland to raise funds for the Nazi party. Others vanished during the war. 

But in 2012, German border officers discovered a large amount of cash being carried across the border from Switzerland by Cornelius Gurlitt, a reclusive art collector. Suspicious of tax fraud, police subsequently raided his flat and found a trove of art works, many of which were later proven to be Nazi-looted.

Desanka Rowell’s illustrated talk will bring the stolen work to life by exploring some of the issues raised, and the paintings’ place in the story of 20th-century art.

Wednesday 5 June
Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Rd, Bath BA1 2RH
Doors open at 7pm, talk 7:30-8:30pm 

Tickets £10 at the door