Detail from the stolen artwork 'Self-portrait 1920' by Kathe Kollwitz

Artwork stolen from Leicester’s New Walk Museum

Simon Stephens, 16.06.2015
Print is part of important German expressionist collection
Police in the East Midlands are on the hunt for a thief who stole a German expressionist artwork from the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery in Leicester.

“A small print, entitled Self-portrait 1920, by Kathe Kollwitz, was taken from New Walk Museum and Art Gallery on Friday 29 May,” said a statement from Leicester City Council.

“The city council owns the artwork, which is valued at around £3,500. The police have CCTV footage and are investigating.”

Leicester has an internationally acclaimed collection of early 20th-century German art, which the museum service started in the 1930s.

Artists represented include Max Beckmann, Martin Bloch, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky.

Kollwitz (1867-1945), who spent most of her life in Berlin, initially trained as a painter but is mainly known for printmaking and was also a sculptor.

The theft of the work came to light after a source tipped off the Leicester Mercury newspaper.


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Reginald Letsatsi
Director, Art Trends SA Dealers cc
26.06.2015, 13:22
Its good that this theft of the print by Kathe Kollwitz like all others, is reported and not kept secret. It is now up to relevant authorities around the world to activate systems and institute a search for it.

The value of the artwork is insignificant especially because the information is not specific as to whether it is a market value or insurance value of the work; also museums are not quick to release such information since it is previleged to a few anyway. to the media. Also, the report does not provide a source of this privileged information.

There is a long list of missing masterpieces which are still to be recovered. Perhaps even video footage is no longer enough. We can only advise the museum sector to re-look at best practices, current systems and move 2 to 3 steps ahead of these criminals; and train specialists who can invade even the black market without detection.
23.06.2015, 09:26
Yes of course councils wouldn't know which objects to sell without news stories telling them. Hold on a second - isn't it the council's own statement that mentions the value? [Deleted by moderator]
MA Member
18.06.2015, 08:37
I do not think it is appropriate for the Museums Association to mention how much the painting is worth financially even if the figure is mentioned in other press/media. It is not helpful for the wider museum sector for the MA to highlight the financial value of Collections especially in the current climate of cuts to many museum services.