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German Museum Finds Rare Ludwig Kirchner in Cellar
Stephan Knoblauch (R), head of Staedel Museum's restauration department, and restorer Heide Skowranek (L)mount a painting, entitled Scene in the Forest(Moritzburg Ponds), by German artist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) at the Staedel museum in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 06 July 2010. The painting that has another painting on its reverse side, was discovered in the storage room of the Staedel during preperations to the current Kirchner retrospective. It will be restored over the next months and included in the Staedel's collection presentation in autumn 2011. EPA/MARIUSBECKER.
BERLIN (AP).- A German museum has discovered what it believes to be a previously unknown work by German Expressionist artist Ludwig Kirchner that languished in its cellar for decades.

The Staedel Museum announced the find on Tuesday, saying that it had discovered it as part of renovation. The canvas is painted on both sides, with a rare nude, believed to have been painted in 1910, on the back.

The Frankfurt museum plans to restore the work and put it on display for the first time when it reopens in the fall of 2011. It did not give an estimate of the painting's value.

Kirchner is one of the best-known German Expressionist painters along with Ernst Ludwig, Emil Nolde and Wassily Kandinsky. He was also part of a movement known as Die Bruecke, or "The Bridge."

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