Tel Aviv museum cancels event with Christie’s soon after auction of Nazi-linked jewellery

JTA — The Tel Aviv Museum of Artwork has canceled a convention it was because of to host with Christie’s  — the hottest fallout from the auction house’s latest sale of jewellery with hyperlinks to the Nazis.

The December conference was meant to cap a 12 months-extensive series by Christie’s celebrating the 25th anniversary of an agreement on the restitution of Nazi-looted art. But the museum faced criticism for working with Christie’s right after the auction property held a $202 million sale of jewellery belonging to a relatives that became abundant partly by dispossessing Jews in the course of the Holocaust.

The Holocaust Survivors Foundation United states experienced termed on the museum to cancel the occasion, writing in a assertion that the celebration would supply “a platform in just the Jewish point out for Holocaust profiteers to justify their plunder.”

The foundation’s president, David Schaecter, also claimed to the Jewish Telegraphic Company that there was a “clear conflict of interest” for the reason that a senior Christie’s govt also sits on the board of a team that fundraises for the museum. Christie’s denied that a conflict of fascination was current and stated the government was not concerned in preparing the museum event.

In a statement on Sunday to the Israel Hayom newspaper, the museum stated it would be canceling the function due to the response it has sparked.

“The Tel Aviv Art Museum is attentive to criticism and sure by community sentiment and has decided not to host the ‘Reflecting on Restitution’ meeting with Christie’s,” the statement mentioned.

The ‘Briolette of India’ necklace featuring a 90-carat diamond on sale as section of Heidi Horten’s assortment. (Christie’s)

The museum extra in the statement that it has “a longstanding skilled romance with Christie’s” and that the December conference would have involved family members of Holocaust survivors, in addition to historians and authorized authorities.

It said the conference “was prepared long before” the controversial sale of jewellery belonging to the late Heidi Horten. Horten, who died in 2022, was the wife of the late Helmut Horten, a member of the Nazi Occasion who dispossessed Jews of their organizations in a process known as “Aryanization.”

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