22 December 2015

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Cornelius Gurlitt Of Sound Mind When Bequeathing Collection To Bern Museum

Cornelius Gurlitt, the now infamous art dealer, who hoarded Nazi looted masterpieces, discovered in 2012, was of sound mind when he donated his extensive art collection, to a Swiss museum. A Munich court threw out claims, in an inheritance case brought forward by relatives of the deceased octogenarian. In November 2014, the museum accepted the donation,  but the decision was […]

22 May 2015

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Max Liebermann Painting From Cornelius Gurlitt Trove Auctioned In London

An exceptional painting by Max Liebermann discovered in Cornelius Gurlitt’s Home and successfully restituted to its rightful heirs, is to be offered at Sotheby’s. Having Last Seen the Painting Hanging in his Great Uncle’s Home Over 75 Years Ago – Before it was Seized by Nazi Officials and then Acquired by Cornelius Gurlitt’s Father.  The […]

16 April 2015

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Documenta Director Adam Szymczyk Wants To Exhibit Entire Gurlitt Hoard

The director of Documenta 14, Adam Szymczyk wants to exhibit the Munich Art Trove ‘belonging’ to the late Cornelius Gurlitt in the next edition of the show, which is due to take place in Kassel and Athens in 2017. Speaking to the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, Szymczyk stated: “I am not interested in an exclusive or […]

25 March 2015

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Nazi-looted Henri Matisse From Gurlitt Collection Restitution Deal Reached

London-based solicitor Christopher Marinello, working for the Rosenberg family, trying to retrieve a long-lost Matisse painting looted by the Nazis said on Tuesday that a deal has now been signed with the German government for its restitution. This comes after a lengthy wait for the restitution of works from the ‘Munich Art Trove’ to actually […]

24 March 2015

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German Authorities Criticised For Bureaucratic “Bullying” Over Gurlitt Nazi Restitution Case

The saga of Cornelius Gurlitt’s ‘Munich Art Trove’ seems to go no and on. Literally. The collection was originally collated by Cornelius Gurlitt’s father, Hildebrand Gurlitt. Gurlitt senior was one of four art dealers entrusted with selling so-called degenerate art during the Nazi regime’s rule. The collection included a number high-value works from the period […]

24 February 2015

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Gurlitt Munich Art Trove Matisse Restitution Delayed

There seems to be no end in sight for the saga of Cornelius Gurlitt’s ‘Munich Art Trove’. The collection was originally collated by Cornelius Gurlitt’s father, Hildebrand Gurlitt. Gurlitt senior was one of four art dealers entrusted with selling so-called degenerate art during the Nazi regime’s rule. The collection included a number high-value works from […]

5 December 2014

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Nazi Looted Pissarro Discovered In Gurlitt Trove Gifted To Kunstmuseum Bern

After the Kunstmuseum Bern has released a preliminary list that began to itemise some of the works in their controversial Gurlitt collection bequeathed to the institution by Cornelius Gurlitt, the first confirmed Nazi-looted piece has emerged from the contentious collection. The New York Times has reported that a Camille Pissarro painting known as ‘Paris Kathedrale’ […]

28 November 2014

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Kunstmuseum Bern Releases First Details Of The Gurlitt ‘Munich Art Trove’

The Kunstmuseum Bern has released a preliminary list that begins to itemise some of the works in their controversial Gurlitt collection. The Swiss museum has said that the prompt publication of the list was made “in the interest of transparency,” and that the institution will update the list as more information about the works is […]

27 November 2014

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Kunstmuseum Bern’s Gurlitt Research Unit Receives Private Donation

A Bern patron has pledged a “seven-figure sum” to help the Kunstmuseum Bern create a research unit dedicated to the study and documentation of Cornelius Gurlitt’s controversial bequest that could result in further restitution of the ‘Munich Art Trove’ The museum’s president Christoph Schäublin has described the donor as a local lady who has chosen […]

24 November 2014

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Kunstmuseum Bern Accepts Gurlitt’s Munich Art Trove – Art Recovery International Makes Statement

Kunstmuseum Bern (Museum of Fine Arts Bern), Switzerland has agreed, today, to accept artworks from the collection of Cornelius Gurlitt’s 1,300 works that has been bequeathed to the museum by the German collector. Christoph Schaeublin of the Bern Art Museum told a news conference in Berlin that the museum would accept parts of the artworks […]

23 November 2014

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Cousin Of Cornelius Gurlitt Lodges Claim As True Heir Of ‘Munich Art Trove’

A relative the of late Cornelius Gurlitt, the famed German Art collector, has lodged a claim Friday for his inheritance, a Nazi-era art hoard known as the ‘Munich Art Trove’ which he Gurlitt had bequested to a Swiss museum, a spokesman said. The surprise move came just days before the Museum of Fine Arts in […]

20 November 2014

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Cousins Now Claim Cornelius Gurlitt Was Mentally Unfit To Write Will

In the ongoing saga of the ‘Munch Art Trove’ and the Kunstmuseum Bern is about to decide whether or not it will accept the collection Cornelius Gurlitt bequeathed it in his will, a psychological evaluation has now cast doubt over the Nazi-looted art hoarder’s mental capacity during his final weeks, FAZ reported. The evaluation portrays […]

14 November 2014

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Heirs Of Cornelius Gurlitt Pledge Restitution Of Munich Art Trove To Rightful Owners

The family heirs of Cornelius Gurlitt, the German recluse and art collector who was discovered to have a hoard of suspected Nazi-looted art in his Munich apartment, have stated that if they inherit the collection they will immediately return any looted artworks to their rightful owners. The collection has been known colloquially as the “Munich […]

10 November 2014

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Gurlitt Art Trove Taskforce To Miss Restitution Deadline

The Bavarian culture ministry has announced in a statement that the taskforce charged with discovering the rightful heirs to the collection of Nazi looted art kept by the late art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt will miss its self-imposed deadline, reports Art Magazine. After months of dithering and following international condemnation during the Gurlitt case, the German […]

3 November 2014

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Avalanche Of Lawsuits Threatened Over Gurlitt Trove By Jewish World Congress

Jewish World Congress president Ronald Lauder has publicly threatened the Kunstmuseum Bern with an “avalanche” of lawsuits if the institution accepts the collection of approximately 1,300 artworks bequeathed to it by the late Cornelius Gurlitt – stated in an article published by German weekly Der Spiegel. The museum is currently still in the process of […]

20 October 2014

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Gurlitt Art Trove For Kunstmuseum Bern

Kunstmuseum Bern (Museum of Fine Arts Bern), Switzerland has accepted the collection of Cornelius Gurlitt’s 1,300 works that has been bequeathed to the museum by German collector, according to a report in the Swiss newspaper Sonntagszeitung. The report comes ahead of an official announcement scheduled for November 26. But as yet this has not been […]

6 May 2014

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Cornelius Gurlitt Nazi Treasure Trove Hoarder Dies In Munich

Cornelius Gurlitt the son of a notorious Nazi art dealer whose secret collection included many Third Reich looted pieces, has died in Germany age 81. He passed away on the 6th May in his Munich apartment, which was used to store 1,400 valuable works of art including Picasso, Matisse and Monet masterpieces said to be […]

8 April 2014

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Art Collector Cornelius Gurlitt To Return Claimed Stolen Degenerate Masterpieces

Cornelius Gurlitt, the elderly son of a Nazi era art dealer has come to a co-operative agreement with German authorities to resolve which masterpieces held in his collection were stolen during the Second World War. This will be the first step in securing the return of the art to the heirs of the mainly Jewish […]

18 February 2014

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Degenerate Art Collector Cornelius Gurlitt Slams German Officials And Media In Online Statement

Cornelius Gurlitt the owner of a hoard of Nazi era ‘degenerate art’ which was confiscated by German officials in 2012 has lashed out at critics by setting up a website to counter the media frenzy, that has reached fever pitch since the discovery of the 200,000,000 euro collection. Works by Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Renoir and […]

12 February 2014

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State Seizes Nazi Art Discovered In Austrian Gurlett Case

It was reported that up to a hundred missing art works by modern and old masters have emerged at the Austrian country home of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of a prominent Nazi German art dealer. This is the culprit that was found in 2012 with hundreds of paintings believed plundered by the Nazis.  The works […]

6 November 2013

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What Exactly Is Degenerate Art And Why The Nazis Loathed It

Modern art was the bane of the third Reich. Adolf Hitler was a frustrated art student who was rejected from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. This was to have a profound effect on his future as a politician and a leader. It also influenced his desire to rid the world of Modernism and create […]