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"Gurlitt Provenance Research" project

Background

The Taskforce "Schwabing Art Trove" was established in November 2013 soon after authorities announced the discovery of an art hoard in Cornelius Gurlitt’s flat in Schwabingen. The Taskforce's job was to determine the provenance of the discovered artworks in Munich, as well as those found in Salzburg in 2014. In view of the fact that Cornelius Gurlitt’s father Hildebrand Gurlitt worked as an art dealer during the Nazi regime, authorities were particularly interested in clarifying the origin of artworks which were confiscated from their rightful owners as a result of Nazi persecution between 1933 and 1945.

In an agreement with the German federal government and the Free State of Bavaria, Cornelius Gurlitt signed a declaration of consent in April 2014, allowing authorities to continue efforts to determine the provenance of the works in the collection and make restitution of any Nazi confiscated art in accordance with the Washington Principles. In November 2014, the Kunstmuseum Bern Foundation, as legal heir to the Gurlitt estate, also granted consent to continue provenance research and restitution of Nazi confiscated art in an agreement with the German federal government and the Free State of Bavaria (German version only).

The Taskforce "Schwabing Art Trove" investigated the origin of the works belonging to the estate of Cornelius Gurlitt, who died in May 2014, and completed its work as planned on 31 December 2015 (see the final report - German version only).

About the project

In accordance with an agreement between the German federal government, the Free State of Bavaria and the Kunstmuseum Bern Foundation (German version only) and a corresponding resolution by the Foundation Board, the “Gurlitt Provenance Research” project continued the research efforts under the supervision of the German Lost Art Foundation as of 1 January, 2016.

The project received a new name and was placed under the supervision of a new project director. Moreover, various processes were restructured to ensure that work progressed in an efficient, transparent and expeditious manner. The work builds on established methods, the extensive research work conducted by the Taskforce "Schwabing Art Trove" and personal expertise.

The project is scheduled to run for one year. It is financed by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

Contact details: “Gurlitt Provenance Research” project
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Further Information

See the tasks of the project »

See the project's objects of investigation »

See the project's team and working methods »

See information about documents and materials »

See the project's reasearch progress »

Also see

Lost Art Database »

Taskforce "Schwabinger Art Trove" »

Report on the results of the Taskforce "Schwabinger Art Trove" » (German version only)

Facts about the results of the Taskforce "Schwabinger Art Trove" »