Reclaimed: Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker

March 19, 2009
The Jewish Museum

1109 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY

Lawrence Kaye participated on a panel that was organized in conjunction with the exhibit "Reclaimed: Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker." This exhibition presents rarely-seen Old Master paintings drawn from the collection of Jacques Goudstikker.

Jacques Goudstikker, a preeminent art dealer in Amsterdam prior to World War II was forced to flee war-torn Europe with his family, yet died in a tragic accident while escaping the Nazi invasion in 1940. Approximately 1,400 works of art in his gallery were left behind, which were looted by Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring. After years of unsuccessful attempts to recover these paintings, his family recently reclaimed 200 paintings from the Dutch government.

Nearly fifty of the finest pieces—including Dutch Old Master works and Italian and Northern Renaissance paintings—have been selected for a touring exhibition that will showcase the eye of Jacques Goudstikker and emphasize the importance of both the artworks and their historic restitution. Photographs and documents, including Goudstikker's gallery inventory notebook, will illuminate Goudstikker's fascinating story.

The exhibit is featured as one of Artnet's "Twenty Top Shows" and is written about in various articles, including:

   The New York Times "Goudstikker Revisited"
   Reuters "U.S. Museum Exhibits Old Master Art Looted by Nazis"
   The New York Post "Acclamation for Art Reclamation"
   The New York Times "Tale of Return, Vividly Illustrated"
   The Jewish Week "Web Exclusive: A Life's Work Looted By The Nazis"