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  • ‘Claim exhibition’ of paintings, drawings and tapestries in Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, 1950
    ‘Claim exhibition” in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, 1950
  • Amerikaanse soldaten tonen roofkunst op het Duitse kasteel Neuschwanstein, 1945
    'Monuments Men' at Neuschwanstein Castle (Bavaria), 1945

Views of Restitution

Three documentaries provide a chance to look behind the scenes of the Restitutions Committee. They show how the Committee does its work and how it prepares recommendations and rulings. They also reveal the emotional process that descendants undergo during the unearthing of the history associated with an artwork.

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Advice on applications for restitution

about the committee

The Restitutions Committee has advised on Nazi looted art in the Netherlands since 2001. It also shares knowledge on the subject through newsletters, lectures, symposia and publications. The Committee was established by the Ministry of Culture, Education and Science but operates independently. It consists of seven members and a secretariat and is based in The Hague.

RECOMMENDATIONS AND BINDING OPINIONS

View the latest recommendations/binding opinions

  • Albert Stern / Amsterdam City Council

    Recommendation

    The Restitutions Committee has assessed an application for restitution of the painting Odalisque by Henri Matisse, which since 1941 has been in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. The Committee has come to the conclusion on the grounds of the investigation conducted by the Commission for Looted Art in Europe and assessed by the Expert Centre Restitution that it is highly likely that the painting came from the collection of the Jewish couple Albert and Marie Stern. It has also become sufficiently plausible that the couple lost possession of the painting as a result of circumstances directly connected with the Nazi regime.

    Schilderij Odalisque door Henri Matrisse (foto: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam)
  • Van Praag

    Recommendation

    The Restitutions Committee has assessed an application for restitution of the painting Fighting Card Players by an unknown artist, which is in the NK Collection of the Dutch State. The Committee has come to the conclusion on the grounds of the investigation conducted by the Expert Centre Restitution that it is highly likely that the artwork came from the collection of the Jewish antiques dealer Meijer Marcus van Praag. It has also become sufficiently plausible that Meijer Marcus van Praag lost possession of the painting as a result of circumstances directly connected with the Nazi regime.

    Vechtende kaartspelers door onbekende maker
  • Herman Hamburger

    Recommendation

    The Restitutions Committee has assessed an application for restitution of the painting God Appearing to Abraham at Sichem by Nicolaes Moeyaert, which is in the NK Collection of the Dutch State. The Committee came to the conclusion on the grounds of the investigation conducted by the Expert Centre Restitution that it is highly likely that the artwork came from the private collection of the Jewish art dealer and collector Herman Hamburger.

    NK 3401 - God Appears to Abraham at Shechem by C.N. Moeyaert (photo: Museum Catharijneconvent)

Network of European Restitution Committees

International cooperation

Germany, France, Austria and the United Kingdom also have restitution committees for advice on Nazi looted art. In 2017, the five European restitution committees expressed their wish for closer cooperation and sharing knowledge. This resulted in the establishment of the Network of European Restitution Committees on Nazi-Looted Art. The Network meets regularly and publishes a Newsletter with contributions on restitution matters from the different countries.

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