Art Institute of Chicago cancels exhibit on Nazi art looting

The Associated Press 29 January 2003

The Art Institute of Chicago has cancelled an exhibit on the history of Nazi art looting, the museum announced Wednesday.

The exhibit, "Nazi Art Looting and Its Legacy," was tentatively scheduled for this spring and summer. The exhibit was to include historical photos with text and possibly three works in the museum's collection related to the topic.

The photos likely would have included pictures of Adolf Hitler examining looted art works and pictures of the places where Nazis stored such treasures.

But the Art Institute cancelled its plans after realizing it could not do justice to the complex topic within the confines of the small, single-gallery exhibition it was planning, said museum spokeswoman Eileen Harakal.
"We had hoped to present the topic in a way that would be informative and beneficial to the public, but we realized that if we couldn't do it properly, given the importance of the subject, we should not proceed," said Art Institute president James Wood in a prepared statement.

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