Artworks of Franz Koenigs remain in museum Boijmans

Artworks of Franz Koenigs remain in museum Boijmans

The heirs of the German art collector Franz Koenigs are not the owners of the works of art that are part of the so-called Koenigscollectie in museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

The court in Rotterdam have certain Wednesday that the claims of the heirs are based on assumptions and lack of factual support.

According to the claim of the heirs would be the museum hundreds of drawings must be returned. The works of, among others, Rembrandt, Dürer and Fra Bartolommeo, Italian artist-monk.

The question was, or Rather the work in 1935 on loan, or that the museum they eventually got. The court ruled Wednesday the last.


Koenigs gave in 1935, hundreds of drawings on loan to the Boijmans museum. Then he has the ownership of the work in 1940 transferred to the N. V. Bankierskantoor Lisser & Rosenkranz. Thus did he a debt that he had at that bank. Then, entrepreneur and collector Daniël van Beuningen, the works purchased and donated to the museum.

Franz Koenigs was originally a German banker and collector, whose collection now occupies an important place in the museum. His youngest son, Wilhelm Otto Koenigs (1926-2009) was a long time member of the board of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Foundation.

Franz Koenigs built his collection between 1920 and 1935. He collected 2671 drawings and fifty paintings, all masterpieces from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century. Due to financial setbacks saw Koenigs forced to his collection from 1931 to use as security for a bank loan.

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