Berlin (dpa) – A collection of confiscated Nazi artworks is set to go on display in the coming year, according to reports in the German weekly Spiegel citing the German government.
Culture Minister Monika Gruetters described plans to exhibit the works as an “essential” aspect of processing Germany’s Nazi history.
In May, German police retrieved two long-lost bronze horse sculptures commissioned by the Nazi regime to adorn Adolf Hitler’s chancellery. They were taken during raids against an illegal ring of art dealers.
Works by Nazi sculptors Arno Breker and Fritz Klimsch were also seized in the raids in the town of Bad Duerkheim, in western Germany.
An exhibition is necessary in order “to critically confront National Socialist art, its creation and instrumentalization within the National Socialist system,” Gruetters said.
Berlin’s Topography of Terror and the German Historical Museum are to display at least some of the recovered items in a temporary exhibition.