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For many years Osakar Schelmmers Bauhaus Staircase in the Museum of Modern Art in New York has commemorated one of the 20th centurys most important art movements and transmission of its ideas to the United States Schlemmer painted the piece of work in1932 the year the Bauhaus school in Germany closed under pressure from the Nazis Schlemmer painted the Bauhaus Staircase as a visual memorial of the school where he had taught previously About a year later an architect Philip Johnson purchased the painting Now there is a battle that involves a Berlin Court and Germanys biggest museum Schlemmers inheritors are questioning the circumstances of Johnsons purchase of the art work and the Modems title of it The artists daughter had found new documents of the painting during an exhibition last fall in Germany where the painting was being shown and wrote letters to the Museum of Modern Art and National Gallery informing that the heirs believed they still had title of the work Schlemmers family believes that the purchase was bogus because there was never any real proof of purchase The family also believes that Johnson never even paid for the painting itself The court ruled in the Sclemmers favor yet the museum packed the painting and sent it back to the states So now the painting is back in New York yet it was suppose to stay in Germany Johnson denies that he cheated Schlemmer and that he did send him money although there are no records at all The family also said that Johnson sent a telegram offering 12000 reichsmarks which is about 3500Since this offer was quite a large amount Schlemmers had the painting shipped to New York Then in a second telegram Johnson claims his assistant had made a mistake and actually only offered 1200 reichsmarks or about 350 The family says there is no records the artist even received the payment at allI believe that the artist was taken
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