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Gurlitt Provenance Research project continues research work

Date 2016.12.15

The project re­search­ing the Gurlitt art find will con­tin­ue to re­ceive fi­nan­cial sup­port in 2017. This will en­able the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion to car­ry on its re­search work in­to the art trove. The project is re­search­ing around one thou­sand art­works in to­tal which the Schwabing Art Trove Task­force had not yet con­clu­sive­ly in­ves­ti­gat­ed. Un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion are ap­prox­i­mate­ly 680 works for which the sus­pi­cion of Nazi loot­ing could not be ruled out. There are al­so 325 works to be in­ves­ti­gat­ed which are sus­pect­ed of hav­ing been con­fis­cat­ed in the “de­gen­er­ate art” cam­paign and which may al­so have end­ed up in her­itage mu­se­ums af­ter be­ing seized as a re­sult of Nazi per­se­cu­tion.

In the le­gal dis­pute re­lat­ing to the es­tate of Cor­nelius Gurlitt, the High­er Re­gion­al Court in Mu­nich has on Thurs­day De­cem­ber 15, 2016, con­firmed the va­lid­i­ty of his last will and tes­ta­ment and up­held Kun­st­mu­se­um Bern’s sta­tus as heir. This en­sures fur­ther plan­ning se­cu­ri­ty for the 2017 project year.