By Anne Johnson
NEW YORK CITY – Walking through the white, angular galleries inside the Museum of Modern Art, Hector Feliciano points to a Cubist painting of a dull, brown and blue toned figure and says in his warm accent, “This is one of the paintings looted by the Nazis.”
In recent years, “Harlequin” by Pablo Picasso and other paintings with similar histories have been returned to their pre-war owners, thanks in part to Feliciano. Feliciano documented 2,000 of the nearly 200,000 stolen artifacts in his book “The Lost Museum: The Nazi Conspiracy to Steal the World’s Greatest Works of Art”.
Feliciano spent 8 years of his life researching and writing “The Lost Museum”. He spent the last 10 years helping a few European families recover prized heirlooms. Now, Feliciano is moving on from this secretive and exclusive world of art dealers and museum curators.