Farewell to Vasily Polenov
Starting 28 July 2017
The painting Waldweiher (Forest Pond, 1881) by the Russian painter Vasily Polenov (1844–1927) was part of the collection at the Kunsthalle for three decades. It is now being displayed for the last time in a small showcase exhibition. Research on the origin and history of this painting revealed it to be a cultural asset that was displaced because of war. It is now being returned to the city of Taganrog in southern Russia, where German occupational forces removed it from the local art museum during World War II.
The German Lost Art Foundation has supported the systematic research of the collection at the Kunsthalle zu Kiel since 2015. Our cooperation partners for researching and returning the painting Waldweiher are the German-Russian Museum Dialogue and Taganrog State Literary and Architectural History Museum Park.