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Kunstmuseum Bern Still Undecided About Gurlitt Inheritance as Regional Politics Loom

Posted by Nicholas O'Donnell on September 4, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Almost none of the legal issues flowing from the seizure of some 1,280 works of art from Cornelius Gurlitt’s apartment in 2012, his agreement with the Bavarian prosecutor, and the ongoing review of the collection for connections to Nazi looting can be resolved until his named heir—the Kunstmuseum Bern—decides whether or not to accept that appointment. When the one-year review deadline passes (with only two public recommendations made so far), it is entirely unclear who will stand for Gurlitt’s "rights" over what is left.

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Topics: Schwabinger Kunstfund, Beat Giauque, Cornelius Gurlitt, Grosser Rat, Nazi-looted art, Gurlitt Collection, canton, Paul Klee, Ittigen, Trubschachen, Samuel Leuenberger, Kunstmuseum Bern, Gurlitt Erbe, Museums, Berner Zeitung, Münchner Kunstfund, Kanton Bern

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