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Each week our Arts.21 reporters scour Germany's cultural scene and present you with a selection of their best finds.

RADAR: No New Maestro for the Philharmonic

Nazi Looted Art, Given Back to Heirs

Henri Matisse's painting "Woman Sitting in an Armchair" was thought lost after World War Two. Now it's been turned over to its legal owner - the heirs of Paris art dealer Paul Rosenberg. The picture was found in 2012 in the apartment of collector Cornelius Gurlitt. A year ago, it was officially declared to be art looted by the Nazis. Gurlitt's collection contained many other works of art that were taken during the Nazi period, mainly from Jewish owners. Among them is also Max Liebermann's "Two Riders on the Beach". It, too, has now been returned to the heirs of the rightful owner.

The Berlin Philharmonic’s, Failed Chief Conductor Vote

The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is still looking for a principal conductor to succeed Simon Rattle in 2018. Who will it be? The Twitter community is abuzz. The Berlin Philharmonic is the world's only top orchestra that chooses its own chief conductor. A 12-hour marathon discussion on May 11 arrived at no decision. There is no lack of candidates. Will it be a traditionalist or an innovator?The choice has been postponed indefinitely.We say: why not do it like theVienna Philharmonic? It's a world-class orchestra even without a principal.

Paul Klee, Bildermuseum Leipzig

Small patches of bright paint form a mosaic composition, quirky miniatures, fresh as drawn by a child's hand - typical styles of Paul Klee, one of the great pioneers of modernism in painting. Few people know that the German-Swiss painter was an assiduous bookkeeper of his art. He designated about 300 of his pictures "Sonderklasse", or "special category". Now, a selection of them is being shown publicly in Leipzig. Klee's "special class" paintings were not for sale. He intentionally kept them off the art market. In 1933, Klee emigrated to Switzerland. The Nazis had condemned his work as "degenerate". Klee was also gifted with foresight: his "Sonderklasse" pictures form a perfect retrospective -- of the artist at the height of his creative powers.

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