Prado museum ordered to return Durer works
28 February 2005 , MADRID-In an embarrassing row, Madrid's Prado Museum has been asked to return a number of key works by the artist Albrecht Durer because they left Vienna without the Austrian government’s permission.
28 February 2005
MADRID-In an embarrassing row, Madrid's Prado Museum has been asked to return a number of key works by the artist Albrecht Durer because they left Vienna without the Austrian government’s permission.
On the eve of a major exhibition of Durer at Madrid’s foremost art museum, the Austrian government has stepped in to ask the Prado to return the works, among them Duerer’s most famous, ‘The Hare’.
Elisabeth Gehrer, the Austrian minister of education, said this work and another four paintings by Duerer should not have left Vienna because they were so fragile.
Gehrer said her government had not been told at the time the exhibition was set up that The Hare would be taken to Madrid.
It will be the first time that the painting The Hare has left the Albertina Museum in Vienna since it was bought in 1796.
Klaus Albrecht Schroeder, the director of the Viennese museum, had irritated Gehrer for not consulting the Austrian government before the paintings were allowed to travel to Madrid.
However, in order to avert a diplomatic incident, Gehrer said the five works could appear at the inauguration of the exhibition "Durer – Masterpieces from the Albertina", but after four weeks they would have to be returned to Vienna.
The exhibition is due to begin on 8 March and will end on 29 May.
When the originals have been removed, replicas will have to be used in their place, Gehrer said.
The Prado has declined to comment on the row.
The exhibition was to have been the first time so many works of the German artist had been on show outside Vienna.
Fifty eight paintings and 27 other works are to be shown.
Among them will be some of his other most famous works, including 'Self portrait aged 13, ‘Adam and Eve’ and ‘Melancholy’.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
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