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"Gurlitt Provenance Research" project

The Gurlitt Provenance Research Project was established to continue the research begun by the ‘Schwabing Art Trove’ Taskforce into the origins (provenance) of the artworks found at Cornelius Gurlitt’s homes in 2012 and subsequent years before his death. A further part of the project’s remit is to catalogue and evaluate the extensive materials from the legacy of written documents in the Gurlitt estate. The main objective is to investigate the history of ownership of the artworks in order to clarify whether any of the works in question are Nazi-looted art and, if so, from whom they were taken.

The project’s main focus is provenance research, but it also serves as the point of contact for queries related to the artworks.

Since 1 January 2016, the Gurlitt Provenance Research Project has operated under the aegis of the Stiftung Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste (German Lost Art Foundation), in line with a resolution passed by that foundation’s foundation board. The basis of the project’s work is the agreement signed by the German government, the Free State of Bavaria and Mr. Cornelius Gurlitt in 2014 as well as the subsequent agreement between the German government, the Free State of Bavaria, and the Stiftung Kunstmuseum Bern of the same year.

The project’s approach was designed to ensure that progress is made in an efficient, transparent and expeditious manner. It builds on accepted scholarly standards for provenance research, the work of the ‘Schwabing Art Trove’ Taskforce, and the expertise of recognized specialists in the field. Once the individual artworks have undergone a thorough preliminary investigation, assignments for more in-depth, targeted provenance research can be issued, as required. Works that are the subject of a restitution claim are given priority.

The duration of the project has initially been limited to one year, was extended by one year in the meantime and now ends on 31 December 2017. It is funded exclusively from the budget of the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

The director of the project is Dr. Andrea Baresel-Brand.

Team Gurlitt
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