#arthunt

A painting that has saved the lives of more than 30 people and that has been lost for almost eight decades. A case of looted art that leads from Germany’s present right into its dark past. A transmedia investigation across various media channels and outlets, which makes the audience part of the team. This is: #kunstjagd

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  • 11/2015 - #arthunt nominated for German Reporter Award 2015

    Great news for our transmedial search for a lost painting, that saved the lives of 30 people: ‘#arthunt’ is nominated [...]

    Great news for our transmedial search for a lost painting, that saved the lives of 30 people: '#arthunt' is nominated for the "German Reporter Award 2015" in the category "Innovation". Thanks to the cross medial concept of the documentary, more than 1000 people provided clues and took part in the discussion via Whatsapp. We celebrate the premiere of the film on November 19th, 7pm at the Jewish Museum Munich. The documentary will be broadcasted on November 26th, 10.30 pm on Bayerischen Rundfunk (BR).



#arthunt

A painting that has saved the lives of more than 30 people and that has been lost for almost eight decades. A case of looted art that leads from Germany’s present right into its dark past. A transmedia investigation across various media channels and outlets, which makes the audience part of the team. This is: #kunstjagd 

When the Engelbergs gather at their grandfather Edward’s home in Portland, Oregon these days, they sit together in the living room and look at the painting which they only call “our Mona Lisa”. Actually two paintings from the same series are supposed to be on the wall – however, one of them is not possessed by the family anymore. It is the reason that all of them are alive, four generations of Engelbergs, more than 30 people.

Munich 1938: On the morning after the Pogrom Night the Gestapo deports the Jewish merchant Jakob Engelberg to the concentration camp in Dachau. Two weeks after the arrestment of her husband Paula Engelberg takes one of the paintings from the wall and leaves the apartment. The same day she returns with a Visa for Switzerland. This enables her to convince the Gestapo to release her husband from the concentration camp. With their children the Engelbergs flee to the United States via Switzerland. They are safe. But what has happened to the life-saving painting? Where is it today, nearly 80 years later?

The painting of the Engelbergs represents millions of other valuables and art objects which have changed hands during the time of National Socialism due to the pressure of persecution or deprivation. Hence it stands for the topic of looted assets and ‘flight assets’ in the form of art works in general, which has received new attention since the case of Gurlitt at the latest. The destiny of the Engelbergs and their “Mona Lisa” serves the purpose to personalize the vastest art robbery in history which is perceived to be long gone. And it intends to bring to mind: These things are among us!

On may 21st we have started our six week long search for the painting and the Visa. The whole journey has been documented on www.kunstjagd.de. Now the investigation is completed. Has the riddle been solved? We will never be entirely sure. But Edward’s memories indicate that we have found the painting! More than 700 Whatsapp users have participated and provided valuable hints. The audience has shared the thrill with us on the social networks. The highlights of our arthunt have now become a 43-minute long movie which tells the story of the „Jewish Mona Lisa“ and our adventurous research journey.

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A film by and with: Christian Salewski, Carolyn Braun, Fredy Gareis and Marcus Pfeil
DoP: Jakob Stark
2nd Camera: Rob Finch
Sound: Johannes Hampel
Editing Christian R. Timmann
Schnittregie: Zora Nessl
Postproduction & Color Correction: Philipp Weigold
Postproduction Assistant: Leonard Israel
Animations: Uta Röttgers
Music: Berend Intelmann & Benjamin Schlez
Line Producer: Kathrin Isberner
Production Manager: Anique Roelfsema
Producer: Georg Tschurtschenthaler
Editorial Assistant: Nina Hölzl
Executive Producer: Christian Beetz
Comissioning Editor: Sabine Scharnagl (BR), Bettina Hausler (BR), Siegfried Steinlechner (ORF), Anita Hugi (SRF)

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  • #Arthunt

    ORF
    09 November 2015 at 11:15 pm

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    ORF2
    09 November 2015 at 11:15 pm

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    BR
    26 November 2015 at 10:30 pm