The Spoils of War
Recovering Looted Artworks from the Second World War
Over 600,000 artworks were stolen by the Nazis during WW2. The greatest masters were victims of this artistic deportation.
Between 1933 and 1945, one the greatest acts of looting in history took place throughout Europe. Over 600,000 artworks and objects were stolen from art dealers and collectors (mainly Jewish), museums, and churches.
UMA wishes to gather rare and eminent masterpieces stolen by the Nazis by creating an unprecedented and unique exhibition, curated by Marc J. Masurovsky and Ori Z. Soltes, with the support of the Holocaust Art Restitution Project. In virtual reality, UMA will publicise these works to raise the public’s awareness, and help identify the artworks by circulating them globally. It is hard to encompass the scale of such a massive spoliation – a cultural genocide – meticulously orchestrated by the Nazi administration. The greatest masters of classical and modern painting were subject to this artistic deportation. Among them were Michelangelo, Raphael, Vermeer, François Boucher, Gustav Klimt, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and many others.
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