The Return of Tobias 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Looted painting restored to heirs
The Israel Museum announced on Thursday the
restitution of the painting The Return of Tobias, c.
1934, by the
German-Jewish artist Max Liebermann (1847-1935), to the artist’s heirs. The work
was looted from the Jewish Museum in Berlin, where it was on loan from the
artist, in the 1930s. The painting was received in 1955 by the Israel Museum’s
precursor, the Bezalel National Museum, through the Jewish Restitution Successor
Organization (JRSO), established after World War II to distribute to cultural
organizations around the globe looted works of art whose owners or heirs were
Completed late in Liebermann’s life, the oil painting The Return
of Tobias depicts a scene from the Book of Tobit in which Tobit’s son returns
home with a cure for his father’s blindness. The restitution of the work to the
heirs of Max and Martha Liebermann follows recent research that revealed that
the painting was from the artist’s personal collection.
The collection of
Max and Martha Liebermann comprised several thousand paintings and drawings, the
vast majority of which were dispersed and lost between 1935 and 1943, either
sold under duress or expropriated immediately following Martha Liebermann’s
death. The family’s efforts to trace the collection in the 1950s and 1960s were
unsuccessful, but recent research has identified several lost works, and The
Return of Tobias is the third to be restored to the family. Following its
restitution, the painting is being presented in the exhibition The Berlin Jewish
Museum (1933-1938): Traces of a Lost Collection, curated by Chana Schuetz and on
view at Berlin’s Centrum Judaicum.
• Jerusalem Post Staff Streep among
Kennedy Center honorees
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Meryl Streep will add
another honor to her illustrious career as one of the five artists recognized by
the Kennedy Center for their contribution to culture.
Streep will join
cellist Yo-Yo Ma, singer and songwriter Neil Diamond, Broadway singer and
actress Barbara Cook and saxophonist Sonny Rollins as 2011 Kennedy Center
honorees, the performing arts organization said on Wednesday.
Barack Obama will salute the five, and other stars will perform in their honor
at a ceremony to be broadcast on CBS television on December 27.
Center chairman David M. Rubenstein said the five honorees were extraordinary
people “whose collective artistry has contributed significantly to the cultural
life of our nation and the world.”
Double Oscar-winner Streep, 62, is
regarded as among the greatest living film actresses for performances in movies
ranging from Sophie’s Choice to The Devil Wears Prada.
“Sweet Caroline” singer Diamond has “created one of the most enduring catalogs
of American popular music,” and he called Yo-Yo Ma “one of the most versatile
and popular classical music performers in the world.”
Cook, 83, is best
known for her 1950s Broadway performances in shows like Candide and The Music
Man, while Grammy-winning Rollins, 81, is regarded as one of the most
influential jazz musicians in the world over a 60-year career.London
Film Fest lineup announced
LONDON (Reuters) - George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes and
David Cronenberg will parade the red carpet of the British Film Institute's
(BFI) 55th London Film Festival, which is set to showcase a varied line up of
big titles and emerging talent, organizers said Wednesday.
premiere 360 directed by Fernando Meirelles with a glittering cast including
Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law and Rachel Weisz, will launch the 16-day festival in
October, and The Deep Blue Sea, also starring Weisz and directed by Terence
Davies, will round off Britain's largest cinematic celebration.
titles of the London Festival, such as George Clooney’s hotly anticipated work
The Ides of March have already had a run in Venice, while the opening and
closing films in London festival are set to make their world premiere at
But organizers stressed the “variety and richness” of the London
roster this year, which will showcase 13 world premieres, including Hut in the
Woods – a new film from Germany’s Hans Weingartner, who also directed The
The 55th London BFI Film Festival will run from Oct 12-27.