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A Search for Traces: The Arthur Feldmann Collection and the Albertina, Exhibition, Albertina Museum, Vienna, 16 October-29 November 2015

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With this intimate cabinet exhibition, the Albertina honours the outstanding donation of thirty master drawings from the collection of the lawyer Dr Arthur Feldmann (1877–1941). These works by Italian, German, French, and Dutch artists were generously presented to the Albertina by the collector’s grandson, Uri Peled-Feldmann, between 2011 and 2015.

Comprising some 800 drawings by such artists as Dürer, Rembrandt, and Poussin, the private collection compiled by Arthur Feldmann from the 1920s onwards was then one of the most prominent ones of its kind. Once the National Socialists had occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939, they seized Feldmann’s villa and art collection. Feldmann survived the humiliations he was forced to suffer only for a short period of time, and his wife, Gisela, was murdered at the concentration camp of Auschwitz in 1944. Following its confiscation, this prominent drawing collection was dissolved and scattered. Over the years, the family succeeded in rediscovering the individual works through meticulous research and take repossession of them through restitution.

This exhibition and a publication released in cooperation with the Federal Chancellery’s Art Restitution Department are meant as an expression of our deep gratitude for the donation and were realised out of the moral obligation to direct the general public’s attention to the important role of Arthur Feldmann and his collection.

To read the publication, click here.

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