In May 1932, Siegfried Radin handed over two porcelain platters to the MAK on a loan basis. In 1939, a confidant of the Radin
couple, who, at that time, had already fled from Vienna, turned to the MAK with a request for return of the two loans. The
museum suggested a purchase of the objects, which the confidante agreed to as the Radins were in urgent need of money. However,
the agreed price was not paid out to the Radins but remitted to the tax office on grounds of alleged tax arrears of the Radins.
According to current research, it can be considered certain that these back taxes resulted from confiscatory taxation imposed
by the Nazi regime on people persecuted as Jews. In its session held on 8 November 2006, the Advisory Board recommended the restitution of the two porcelain platters to the
heir of Siegfried Radin. The objects were returned on 11 August 2008.
Prototypes of the Modern Era
Published for the exhibition of the same title (25.5.-30.10.2011) MAK Studies 20 German/English 128 pages, 230 illustrations MAK Vienna / Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg, 2011 out of print