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Sus­pect­ed group of “de­gen­er­ate art”; re­spon­s­abil­i­ty of Kun­st­mu­se­um Bern


Prepa­ra­tion for re­view and fi­nal ap­proval

Re­search re­ports be­ing re­viewed

Red cat­e­go­ry

Yel­low cat­e­go­ry

Green cat­e­go­ry

Works with­out re­view

Sus­pect­ed group of “de­gen­er­ate art”; re­spon­s­abil­i­ty of Kun­st­mu­se­um Bern


Ex­pla­na­tion re­gard­ing “Works with­out re­view”:

22 items proved to be not sus­pi­cious with re­gard to con­fis­ca­tion as a re­sult of per­se­cu­tion be­cause they are works that were seized from pub­lic mu­se­ums in 1937 dur­ing the “de­gen­er­ate art” cam­paign and had been ac­quired by the mu­se­ums be­fore the Na­tion­al So­cial­ists took pow­er. No re­view pro­ce­dure was car­ried out for this group of works; a re­view was al­so not re­quired for two works classed as mass-pro­duced goods. In the ab­sence of any in­for­ma­tion about their prove­nance, no pre­vi­ous own­er can be de­ter­mined for these. 18 works are as­signed to the fam­i­ly port­fo­lio*. Con­fis­ca­tion as a re­sult of Nazi per­se­cu­tion can al­so be ruled out for these works.

*The fam­i­ly port­fo­lio con­tains works that are as­signed to the Gurlitt fam­i­ly be­cause they did not orig­i­nate un­til af­ter 1945, were cre­at­ed by fam­i­ly mem­bers or can be as­signed di­rect­ly due to per­son­al ded­i­ca­tions.

Cat­e­go­ry def­i­ni­tions:

Red: A work is proven or high­ly like­ly to be Nazi-loot­ed art.

Yel­low: Prove­nance dur­ing the pe­ri­od be­tween 1933 and 1945 is not en­tire­ly clear; there are gaps in the prove­nance.

Green: A work is proven or high­ly like­ly not to be Nazi-loot­ed art.